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The Proterozoic biosphere : a multidisciplinary study

Author: J William Schopf; Cornelis Klein
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1992.
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First published in 1992, The Proterozoic Biosphere was the first major study of the paleobiology of the Proterozoic Earth.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J William Schopf; Cornelis Klein
ISBN: 0521366151 9780521366151 052136793X 9780521367936
OCLC Number: 23583672
Description: xxiv, 1348 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 29 cm.
Contents: List of contributors; Preface; Part I: 1. Geology and paleobiology of the Archean Earth; 2. Geological evolution of the Proterozoic Earth; 3. Proterozoic biochemistry; 4. Proterozoic atmosphere and ocean; 5. Proterozoic and selected early Cambrian microfossils: prokaryotes and protists; 6. Modern mat-building microbial communities: a key to the interpretation of Proterozoic stromatolitic communities; 7. Proterozoic and earliest Cambrian carbonaceous remains, trace and body fossils; 8. The Proterozoic-early Cambrian evolution of metaphytes and metazoans; 9. Molecular phylogenetics, molecular paleontologym and the Proterozoic fossil record; 10. Biostratigraphy and paleobiology of the Proterozoic; 11. Biotic diversity and rates of evolution during Proterozoic and earliest Phanerozoic time; 12. A paleogeographic model for Vendian and Cambrian time; 13. Evolution of the Proterozoic biosphere: benchmarks, tempo and mode; Part II: 14. Geographic and geologic data for PPRG rock samples; 15. Flow chart and processing procedures for rock samples; 16. Procedures of whole rock and kerogen analysis; 17. Abundances and isotopic compositions of carbon and sulphur species in whole rock and kerogen samples; 18. Procedures for analysis of extractable organic matter; 19. Composition of extractable organic matter; 20. Modern mat-building microbial communities: methods of investigation and supporting data; 21. Construction and use of geological, geochemical and paleobiological databases; 22. Proterozoic and selected early Cambrian microfossils and microfossil-like objects; 23. Described taxa of Proterozoic and selected earliest Cambrian Carbonaceous remains, trace and body fossils; 24. Atlas of representative Proterozoic microfossils; 25. Informal revised classifications of Proterozoic microfossils; 26. Models for Vendian-Cambrian biotic diversity and for Proterozoic atmospheric and ocean chemistry; 27. Glossary of technical terms; References cited; Subject index; Index to geologic units; Taxonomic index.
Responsibility: edited by J. William Schopf and Cornelis Klein.
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Review of the hardback: ' ... a fundamental reference for all work on the Proterozoic ... a compulsory buy for any institution teaching Earth history.' Euan Nisbet, New Scientist Review of the Read more...

 
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