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The Proterozoic biosphere : a multidisciplinary study

Author: J William Schopf; Cornelis Klein
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st paperback edView all editions and formats
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This is a paperback reprint of the original. First published in 1992, "The Proterozoic Biosphere" was the first major study of the paleobiology of the Proterozoic Earth. It is a multidisciplinary work dealing with the evolution of the Earth, the environment and life during the forty percent of Earth's history that extends from the middle of the Precambrian eon (2500 Ma) to the beginning of the Paleozoic era (550  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: J William Schopf; Cornelis Klein
ISBN: 9780521166065 0521166063
OCLC Number: 773697467
Description: 2 volumes : illustrations, maps, portrait ; 28 cm
Contents: Preface --
Part I: 1. Geology and paleobiology of the Archean Earth / J. William Schopf, Sherwood Chang, W. Gary Ernst, Heinrich D. Holland, James F. Kasting and Donald R. Lowe --
2. Geological evolution of the Proterozoic Earth / Donald R. Lowe, Nicolas J. Beukes, John P. Grotzinger, Raymond V. Ingersoll, Joseph L. Kirschvink, Cornelis Klein, Ian B. Lambert and Ján Veizer --
3. Proterozoic biochemistry / J.M. Hayes, David J. Des Marais, Ian B. Lambert, Harald Strauss and Roger E. Summons --
4. Proterozoic atmosphere and ocean / Cornelis Klein, Nicolas J. Beukes, Heinrich D. Holland, James F. Kasting, Lee R. Kump and Donald R. Lowe --
5. Proterozoic and selected early Cambrian microfossils: prokaryotes and protists / Carl V. Mendelson, John Bauld, Robert J. Horodyski, Jere H. Lipps, Toby B. Moore and J. William Schopf --
6. Modern mat-building microbial communities: a key to the interpretation of Proterozoic stromatolitic communities / Beverly K. Pierson, John Bauld, Richard W. Castenholz, Elisa D'Amelio, David J. Des Marais, Jack D. Farmer, John P. Grotzinger, Bo Barker Jørgensen, Douglas C. Nelson, Anna C. Palmisano, J. William Schopf, Roger E. Summons, Malcolm R. Walter and David M. Ward --
7. Proterozoic and earliest Cambrian carbonaceous remains, trace and body fossils / Kenneth M. Towe, Stefan Bengtson, Mikhail A. Fedonkin, Hans J. Hofmann, Carol Mankiewicz and Bruce N. Runnegar --
8. The Proterozoic-early Cambrian evolution of metaphytes and metazoans / Stefan Bengtson, Jack D. Farmer, Mikhail A. Fedonkin, Jere H. Lipps and Bruce N. Runnegear --
9. Molecular phylogenetics, molecular paleontologym and the Proterozoic fossil record / Bruce N. Runnegar, David J. Chapman and Walter M. Fitch --
10. Biostratigraphy and paleobiology of the Proterozoic / Hans J. Hofmann, Stefan Bengtson, J.M. Hayes, Jere H. Lipps, J. William Schopf, Harald Strauss, Roger E. Summons and Malcolm R. Walter --
11. Biotic diversity and rates of evolution during Proterozoic and earliest Phanerozoic time / J. John Sepkoski, Jr. and J. William Schopf --
12. A paleogeographic model for Vendian and Cambrian time / Joseph K. Kirschvink --
13. Evolution of the Proterozoic biosphere: benchmarks, tempo and mode / J. William Schopf. Part II: 14. Geographic and geologic data for PPRG rock samples / Toby B. Moore and J. William Schopf --
15. Flow chart and processing procedures for rock samples / Harald Strauss, David J. Des Marais, J.M. Hayes, Toby B. Moore and J. William Schopf --16. Procedures of whole rock and kerogen analysis / Harald Strauss, David J. Des Marais, J.M. Hayes, Ian B. Lambert and Roger E. Summons --17. Abundances and isotopic compositions of carbon and sulphur species in whole rock and kerogen samples / Harald Strauss and Toby B. Moore --18. Procedures for analysis of extractable organic matter / Roger E. Summons and Harald Strauss --19. Composition of extractable organic matter / Roger E. Summons and Harald Strauss --
20. Modern mat-building microbial communities: methods of investigation and supporting data / Richard W. Castenholz, Elisa D'Amelio, Jack D. Farmer, Bo Barker Jørgensen, Anna C. Palmisano, Beveryl K. Pierson and David M. Ward --
21. Construction and use of geological, geochemical and paleobiological databases / J.M. Hayes, Stefan Bengtson, Hans J. Hofmann, Jere H. Lipps, Donald R. Lowe, Carol Mankiewicz, Carl V. Mendelson, Toby B. Moore, Bruce N. Runnegar and Harald Strauss --
22. Proterozoic and selected early Cambrian microfossils and microfossil-like objects / Carl V. Mendelson and J. William Schopf --
23. Described taxa of Proterozoic and selected earliest Cambrian Carbonaceous remains, trace and body fossils / Kenneth M. Towe, Stefan Bengtson, Mikhail A. Fedonkin, Hans J. Hofmann, Carol Mankiewicz and Bruce N. Runnegar --
24. Atlas of representative Proterozoic microfossils / J. William Schopf --
25. Informal revised classifications of Proterozoic microfossils / J. William Schopf --
26. Models for Vendian-Cambrian biotic diversity and for Proterozoic atmospheric and ocean chemistry / J. John Sepkoski, Jr., James F. Kasting --
27. Glossary of technical terms / J. William Schopf and Cornelis Klein.
Responsibility: edited by J. William Schopf and Cornelis Klein.

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