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Life on a young planet : the first three billion years of evolution on Earth

Author: Andrew H Knoll
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2003.
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Australopithecines, dinosaurs, trilobites - such fossils conjure up images of lost worlds filled with vanished organisms. But in the full history of life, ancient animals, even the trilobites, form only the half-billion-year tip of a nearly 4-billion-year iceberg. Andrew Knoll explores the deep history of life from its origins on a young planet to the incredible Cambrian explosion, presenting a compelling new  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew H Knoll
ISBN: 0691009783 9780691009780
OCLC Number: 50604948
Description: x, 277 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: In the beginning? --
The tree of life --
Life's signature in ancient rocks --
The earliest glimmers of life --
The emergence of life --
The oxygen revolution --
The cyanobacteria, life's microbial heroes --
The origins of eukaryotic cells --
Fossils of early eukaryotes --
Animals take the stage --
Cambrian redux --
Dynamic earth, permissive ecology --
Paleontology ad astra.
Responsibility: Andrew H. Knoll.
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In the full history of life, ancient animals form only the tip of a four-billion-year iceberg. This text explores the history of life from its origins on a young planet to the incredible Cambrian  Read more...

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