Major Events in the History of Life

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J. William Schopf
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 1992 - Science - 190 pages
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Major Events in the History of Life, present six chapters that summarize our understanding of crucial events that shaped the development of the earth's environment and the course of biological evolution over some four billion years of geological time. The subjects are covered by acknowledged leaders in their fields span an enormous sweep of biologic history, from the formation of planet Earth and the origin of living systems to our earliest records of human activity. Several chapters present new data and new syntheses, or summarized results of new types of analysis, material not usually available in current college textbooks.
 

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Contents

CHEMICAL COMPONENTS OF LIVING ORGANISMS
6
EXTRATERRESTRIAL ORGANIC SYNTHESES
17
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
25
THE OLDEST FOSSILS
40
THE PROTEROZOIC EVOLUTION OF PRIMITIVE PROKARYOTES
49
FURTHER READING
61
THE PHANEROZOIC FOSSIL RECORD
70
LEGLESS LOBOPODS NAKED HALKIERIIDS AND TOOTHED TERRORS
84
A HISTORY OF VERTEBRATE SUCCESSES
119
DINOSAURS AND THE MIDMESOZOIC EVOLUTIONARY GAP
129
REFERENCES CITED
139
MAJOR EVENTS IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND
141
PALEOECOLOGY OF HOMINID EMERGENCE
147
ETHOLOGY AND ECOLOGY
158
GLOSSARY
177
SUBJECT INDEX
185

CHAPTER 4
95
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
113

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