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Origins : Genesis, Evolution and Diversity of Life - Joseph Seckbach

Origins

Genesis, Evolution and Diversity of Life

By: Joseph Seckbach (Editor)

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Published: 30th June 2004
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This new volume of "ORIGINS: Genesis, Evolution and Biodiversity of Microbial Life in the Universe" is the sixth unit of the book series Cellular Origins, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology (COLE) edited by Joseph Seckbach. In this book forty eminent scientists review their studies in the fields of Life from the beginning to the "Fact of Life." The history of Origin of Life and Astrobiology is well covered by these authors. Reviews cover the standard and alternative scenarios of the genesis of Life, while the chapters of "The First Cells" leading to the biodiversity and extremophiles of microbial Life. Among these extremophiles are the microbes living in the Life's limits, such as in high temperature, psychrophilic, UV radiation, and halophilic environments. The origin and history of Martian water is discussed following by the possible biogeochemistry inside Titan. This new field of Astrobiology has been presented, from comets as a source of materials and Life on earth to the space for last Frontiers

From the reviews:

"This hefty volume ... is the sixth in a series dealing in cellular origin and life in extreme habitats and astrobiology. ... Thus, it covers an enormous range of topics ... . The advantages ... include a topicality and a constant reminder of the many exciting frontiers under active investigation. ... it contains a number of excellent reviews ... . In conclusion, this book is a must for all students of astrobiology ... ." (Simon Conway Morris, Geological Magazine, Vol. 142 (2), 2005)

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
List of Authors and their Adresses
Legends for the Cover Photo
Origin & Evolution of Life
Introduction
The Fact of Life
Historical Review of the Origin of Life and Astrobiology
In the Beginning
The Standard Scenario
The Chemistry of Life's Origins
Prebiotic Amphiphilic Compounds: Self-Assembly and Properties of Early Membrane Structures
Theoretical and Computational Approaches to the Study of the Origin of Life
The HCN World: Establishing Protein-Nucleic Acid Life via Hydrogen Cyanide Polymers
The Possible Role of Volcanic Lightning in Chemical Evolution
Chemistry in Prebiotic Aerosols: a Mechanism for the Origin of Life
Alternatives to the Standard Scenario
Prebiotic Interplay between Fatty Acids and Amino Acids in Hydrothermal Environments
The Role of Clays in the Origin of Life
Organomineralization: A Clue to the Understanding of Meteorite-Related "Bacteria-Shaped" Carbonate Particles
The First Steps of Biological Evolution
Role of Nucleotide-Like Coenzymes in Primitive Evolution
Cosmic Thermobiology: Thermal Constraints on the Origin and Evolution of Life in the Universe
Paradigm Completion for Generalized Evolutionary Theory with Application to Epistemology
The First Cells
The Outlines of Bacterial Evolution
Cell Wall Structures of Mesophilic, Thermophilic and Hyperthermophilic Archaea
Potentional Role of Dissimilatory Iron Reduction in the Early Evolution of Microbial Respiration
The Evolution of Lipids in Prokaryotes
Calcium Build-up in the Precambrian Sea: A Major Promoter in the Evolution of Eukaryotic Life
The Viral Eukaryogenesis Theory
Extremophiles & Biodiversity
Introduction to the Extremophiles
Alkalithermophiles: A Double Challenge form Extreme Environments
Halophilic Microorganisms: Physiology and Phylogeny
Adaptation of Bacteria to the Terrestrial Permafrost Environment: A Biomodel for Astrobiology
Phototrophic Bacteria and UV Stress
Importance of Chemolithotrophy for Early Life on Earth: The Tinto River (Iberian Pyritic Belt) Case
Glacial Periods on Early Earth and Implications for the Evolution of Life
The Evolutionary Ecology of Species Diversity in Stressed and Extreme Environments
Microbial Diversity in Meso-Neoproterozoic Formations, with Particular Reference to the Himalaya
Microbial Biodiversity within the Vibrionacean
Distribution & Destiny of Life in The Universe
Comets and the Origin of Life on the Primitive Earth
Evaluating Comets as a Source of Earth's Water, Humberto Campins
From Microbial Fossils to Astrobiology
Organisms in Extreme Environments: From the Origin and Early Evolution of Life on Earth to Astrobiology
A Brief Geological History of Water on Mars
Evolution of the
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ISBN: 9781402018138
ISBN-10: 1402018134
Series: Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology : Book 6
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 709
Published: 30th June 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.58