A Theory of the Origin of Species
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Acquiring Genomes by Lynn Margulis
Book DescriptionHow do new species evolve? Although Darwin identified inherited variation as the creative force in evolution, he never formally speculated where it comes from. His successors thought that new species arise from the gradual accumulation of random mutations of DNA. But despite its acceptance in every major textbook, there is no documented instance of it. Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan take a radically new approach to this question. They show that speciation events are not, in fact, rare or hard to observe. Genomes are acquired by infection, by feeding, and by other ecological associations, and then inherited. Acquiring Genomes is the first work to integrate and analyze the overwhelming mass of evidence for the role of bacterial and other symbioses in the creation of plant and animal diversity. It provides the most powerful explanation of speciation yet given.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465043927
(203mm x 127mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 21-May-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Lynn Margulis
Chimeras and Consciousness, Paperback (May 2011)
Scientists elucidate the astounding collective sensory capacity of Earth and its evolution through time.
Symbiogenesis, Hardback (June 2010)
Many years ago Russian botanist Boris Kozo-Polyansky brilliantly outlined the concept of symbiogenesis, the symbiotic origin of cells with nuclei. Kozo-Polyansky's ideas are endorsed by virtually all biologists. This title offers a translation of Kozo-Polyansky's seminal work.
Kingdoms and Domains, Hardback (April 2009)
A catalogue of the world's living organisms describing the diversity of the major groups, or phyla, of nature's most inclusive taxa. It carries a classification scheme that aims to be consistent with both the fossil record and, the molecular and metabolic data. It logically classifies the life forms according to their evolutionary relationships.
What is Life?, Paperback (August 2000)» View all books by Lynn Margulis
Half a century ago the Austrian physicist and philosopher Erwin Schrodinger inspired a generation of scientists by rephrasing the philosophical question: "What is life?". This text revisits this question in a narrative which combines rigorous science with philosophy, history and poetry.
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Author Biography - Lynn Margulis
Lynn Margulis, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1983. She is best known for her pathbreaking work on the bacterial origins of cell organelles and for her collaboration with James Lovelock on Gaia theory. Her previous books include Symbiosis in Cell Evolution; Five Kingdoms (with K. V. Schwartz); and (with Dorion Sagan) Origins of Sex, Garden of Microbial Delights, What Is Life?, What Is Sex?, and Slanted Truths: Essays on Gaia, Symbiosis and Evolution.Lynn Margulis, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a recipient of the 1999 Presidential Medal of Science, is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dorion Sagan is the author of Biospheres and the co-author of Up from Dragons: The Evolution of Human Intelligence. He lives in New York City.
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