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作者 Schopf, J. William, 1941-
書名 Cradle of life : the discovery of earth's earliest fossils / J. William Schopf
出版項 Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1999
國際標準書號 0691002304 (cl. : alk. paper)
9780691002309 (cl. : alk. paper)
book jacket
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 天文所圖書室  QH325 .S384 1999    在架上    30370100032706
說明 xiv, 367 p., 8 p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
附註 Includes bibliographical references (p. [349]-355) and indexes
Darwin's dilemma -- Birth of a new field of science -- The oldest fossils and what they mean -- How did life begin? -- Metabolic memories of the earliest cells -- So far, so fast, so early? -- Stromatolites : earth's first high-rise condos -- Cyanobacteria : earth's oldest "living fossils" -- Cells like ours arise at last -- Solution to Darwin's dilemma -- Epilogue : Extraordinary claims! Extraordinary evidence? -- Fossils, foibles, and frauds -- The hunt for life on Mars
"One of the greatest mysteries in reconstructing the history of life on Earth has been the apparent absence of fossils dating back more than 550 million years. We have long known that fossils of sophisticated marine life-forms existed at the dawn of the Cambrian Period, but until recently scientists had found no traces of Precambrian fossils. The quest to find such traces began in earnest in the mid-1960s and culminated in one dramatic moment in 1993 when William Schopf identified fossilized microorganisms three and a half billion years old. This startling find opened up a vast period of time - some eighty-five percent of Earth's history - to new research and new ideas about life's beginnings. In this book, William Schopf, a pioneer of modern paleobiology, tells for the first time the exciting and fascinating story of the origins and earliest evolution of life and how that story has been unearthed."--Jacket
主題 Life -- Origin
Evolutionary paleobiology
Paleontology -- Precambrian
Micropaleontology
Fossielen. gtt
Evolutietheorie. gtt
Mikrofossil. swd
Entstehung. swd
Leben. swd
Entdeckung. swd
Paläontologie. swd
Präkambrium. swd
Précambrien. ram
Micropaléontologie. ram
Vie (biologie) -- Origines. ram
Evolutionary paleobiology. fast (OCoLC)fst00917345
Life -- Origin. fast (OCoLC)fst00998169
Micropaleontology. fast (OCoLC)fst01019973
Paleontology. fast (OCoLC)fst01051513
Precambrian Geologic Period. fast (OCoLC)fst01354070
From 570 million to 5 billion years ago fast
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