The Origin and Early Evolution of Life
By (author) Tom Fenchel
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Origin and Early Evolution of Life by Tom Fenchel
Book DescriptionOrigin and Early Evolution of Life draws on evidence from molecular genetics, the structure and function of extant organisms, and geology. It covers the period from about 4 billion years ago, when life is thought to have originated, to about 600 million years ago when multicellular organisms first arose. There are significant gaps in our understanding of the earliest evolution of life forms, but an insight into the topic leads to a more profound understanding of life itself. Particular emphasis is placed on the fact that although life arose very soon after the origin of the Earth, it was represented only by simple microbial life forms for approximately 85% since this time. Increase in complexity beyond the microbial level took place only very late in the history of life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198525332
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 23-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Tom Fenchel
Bacterial Biogeochemistry, Hardback (July 2012)
Focuses on bacterial metabolism and its relevance to the environment, including the decomposition of soil, food chains, nitrogen fixation, assimilation and reduction of carbon nitrogen and sulfur, and microbial symbiosis. This book covers interactions between microbial processes, atmospheric composition and the earth's greenhouse properties.
Origin and Early Evolution of Life, Hardback (January 2003)
Draws on evidence from molecular genetics, the structure and function of extant organisms, and geology. This work emphasises the fact that although life arose very soon after the origin of the Earth, it was represented only by microbial life forms. Increase in complexity beyond the microbial level took place only very late in the history of life.
Ecology and Evolution in Anoxic Worlds, Paperback (March 1995)» View all books by Tom Fenchel
This study explores the natural history of oxygen-free environments and their microbial inhabitants. It describes the forces which shape the structure, function, heterogeneity and evolution of anaerobic communities, and also discusses the nature of early life on Earth.
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