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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, 2005, ©2003.
Series: Princeton science library.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 four-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: 0691120293 9780691120294
OCLC Number: 57070410
Description: x, 277 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. In the beginning? --
2. The tree of life --
3. Life's signature in ancient rocks --
4. The earliest glimmers of life --
5. The emergence of life --
6. The oxygen revolution --
7. The cyanobacteria, life's microbial heroes --
8. The origins of eukaryotic cells --
9. Fossils of early eukaryotes --
10. Animals take the stage --
11. Cambrian redux --
12. Dynamic earth, permissive ecology --
13. Paleontology ad astra.
Series Title: Princeton science library.
Responsibility: Andrew H. Knoll.
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Explores the history of life from its origins on a young planet to the Cambrian explosion, presenting an explanation for the emergence of biological novelty. Moving from Siberia to Namibia to the  Read more...

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Winner of the 2003 Book Award in Science, Phi Beta Kappa "In a book so well written that nonspecialists and specialists alike will find much to savor, [Knoll] captures both the excitement of Read more...

 
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