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Life's Origin: The Beginnings of Biological Evolution

Edited By: J William Schopf

208 pages, Figs, tabs

University of California Press

Paperback | Oct 2002 | #133151 | ISBN: 0520233913
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Hardback | Dec 2002 | #133149 | ISBN: 0520233905
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Presents a summary of current research and ideas on life's origin in nontechnical language and including a useful glossary of scientific terms.


Introduction: The What, When, and How of Life's Beginnings 1. Historical Understanding of Life's Beginnings --John Oro 2. From Big Bang to Primordial Planet: Setting the Stage for the Origin of Life --Alan W. Schwartz and Sherwood Chang 3. Formation of the Building Blocks of Life --Stanley L. Miller and Antonio Lazcano 4. From Building Blocks to the Polymers of Life --James P. Ferris 5. The Origin of Biological Information --Leslie E. Orgel 6. When Did Life Begin? --J. William Schopf

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J. William Schopf is Professor of Paleobiology and Director of the IGPP Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origin of Life at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is author of Cradle of Life: The Discovery of Earth's Earliest Fossils (1999) and Missing Fossils: Solution to the Mystery of Photosynthesis (1998), and has edited several other volumes.

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