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The origins of life : from the birth of life to the origin of language

Author: John Maynard Smith; Eörs Szathmáry
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1999
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In The Origins of Life, Maynard Smith and Szathmáry have completely rewritten their earlier book, The Major Transitions in Evolution, to bring their ideas to a wider audience of general readers. Here is a brilliant, original picture of how life evolved on earth, focusing primarily on six major transitionsdramatic breakthroughs in the way that information was passed between generations. The authors offer  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Maynard Smith; Eörs Szathmáry
ISBN: 019286209X 9780192862099
OCLC Number: 42746019
Description: 180 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Contents: Life and information --
The major transitions --
From chemistry to heredity --
From the RNA world to the modern world --
From heredity to simple cells --
The origin of eukaryotic cells --
The origin of sex --
Genetic conflict --
Living together --
The evolution of many-celled organisms --
Animal societies --
From animal societies to human societies --
The origin of language.
Responsibility: John Maynard Smith and Eörs Szathmáry.
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In this volume, John Maynard Smith and Eors Szathmary propose that during evolution, there have been a number of major transitions in the way in which information is passed between generations. These  Read more...

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