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The Resource Life on a Young Planet : the First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth, Andrew H. Knoll

Life on a Young Planet : the First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth, Andrew H. Knoll

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Life on a Young Planet : the First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth
Title
Life on a Young Planet
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the First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth
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Andrew H. Knoll
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eng
Summary
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 explanation for the emergence of biological novelty. The very latest discoveries in paleontology--many of them made by the author and his students--are integrated with emerging insights from molecular biology and earth system science to forge a broad understanding of how the biological diversity that surrounds us came to be. Moving from Siberia to Namibia to the Bahamas, Knoll shows how life and environment have evolved together through Earth's history. Innovations in biology have helped shape our air and oceans, and, just as surely, environmental change has influenced the course of evolution, repeatedly closing off opportunities for some species while opening avenues for others. Readers go into the field to confront fossils, enter the lab to discern the inner workings of cells, and alight on Mars to ask how our terrestrial experience can guide exploration for life beyond our planet. Along the way, Knoll brings us up-to-date on some of science's hottest questions, from the oldest fossils and claims of life beyond the Earth to the hypothesis of global glaciation and Knoll's own unifying concept of ''permissive ecology.'' In laying bare Earth's deepest biological roots, Life on a Young Planet helps us understand our own place in the universe--and our responsibility as stewards of a world four billion years in the making. In a new preface, Knoll describes how the field has broadened and deepened in the decade since the book's original publication
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Andrew H. Knoll is the Fisher Professor of Natural History at Harvard University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. A paleontologist by training, he has spent more than two decades working to integrate geological and biological perspectives on early life
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Knoll, Andrew H
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illustrations
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no index present
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In English
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non fiction
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dictionaries
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Princeton Science Library
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  • Life
  • Vie
  • Life
  • SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology
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Life on a Young Planet : the First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth, Andrew H. Knoll
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online resource
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Contents
  • Chapter 4. The Earliest Glimmers of Life
  • Chapter 5. The Emergence of Life
  • Chapter 6. The Oxygen Revolution
  • Chapter 7. The Cyanobacteria, Life's Microbial Heroes
  • Chapter 8. The Origins of Eukaryotic Cells
  • Chapter 9. Fossils of Early Eukaryotes
  • Chapter 10. Animals Take the Stage
  • Chapter 11. Cambrian Redux
  • Chapter 12. Dynamic Earth, Permissive Ecology
  • Chapter 13. Paleontology ad Astra
  • Frontmatter
  • Epilogue
  • Further Reading
  • Index
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface to the New Paperback Edition
  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1. In the Beginning?
  • Chapter 2. The Tree of Life
  • Chapter 3. Life's Signature in Ancient Rocks
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ocn984658997
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unknown
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1 online resource (296 pages)
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online
Isbn
9781400866045
Media category
computer
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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JSTOR
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10.1515/9781400866045
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illustrations
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  • 22573/ctvc6615n
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(OCoLC)984658997
Label
Life on a Young Planet : the First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth, Andrew H. Knoll
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter 4. The Earliest Glimmers of Life
  • Chapter 5. The Emergence of Life
  • Chapter 6. The Oxygen Revolution
  • Chapter 7. The Cyanobacteria, Life's Microbial Heroes
  • Chapter 8. The Origins of Eukaryotic Cells
  • Chapter 9. Fossils of Early Eukaryotes
  • Chapter 10. Animals Take the Stage
  • Chapter 11. Cambrian Redux
  • Chapter 12. Dynamic Earth, Permissive Ecology
  • Chapter 13. Paleontology ad Astra
  • Frontmatter
  • Epilogue
  • Further Reading
  • Index
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface to the New Paperback Edition
  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1. In the Beginning?
  • Chapter 2. The Tree of Life
  • Chapter 3. Life's Signature in Ancient Rocks
Control code
ocn984658997
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (296 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400866045
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.1515/9781400866045
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 718968
  • f4394861-8d1c-4fd8-8e72-e7e7d61cf37b
  • 22573/ctvc6615n
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)984658997

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