Life on a Young Planet

POPULAR SCIENCE / LIFE SCIENCES Winner of the 2003 Phi Beta Kappa Book Award in Science Life on a Young Planet The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth Andrew H. Knoll ANDREW H. KNOLL is Fisher Professor of Natural History at ...

Author: Andrew H. Knoll

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691120294

Category: Science

Page: 277

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Knoll explores the deep history of life from its origins on a young planet to the incredible Cambrian explosion, with the very latest discoveries in paleontology integrated with emerging insights from molecular biology and earth system science. 100 illustrations.

A Brief History of Earth

"Drawing on his decades of field research and up-to-the-minute understanding of the latest science, renowned geologist Andrew H. Knoll delivers a rigorous yet accessible biography of Earth, charting our home planet's epic 4.6 billion-year ...

Author: Andrew H. Knoll

Publisher: HarperLuxe

ISBN: 9780063062986

Category: Nature

Page: 288

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For every Earth resident, an essential primer by Harvard's acclaimed geologist "A fantastic distillation of Earth's history, from one of the world's leading geologists. Engrossing, witty, and eminently readable." --Steve Brusatte, author of The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs Odds are, where you're standing was once cooking under a roiling sea of lava, crushed by a towering sheet of ice, rocked by a nearby meteor strike, or perhaps choked by poison gases, drowned beneath ocean, perched atop a mountain range, or roamed by fearsome monsters. Probably most or even all of the above. The story of our home planet and the organisms spread across its surface is far more spectacular than any Hollywood blockbuster, filled with enough plot twists to rival a bestselling thriller. But only recently have we begun to piece together the whole mystery into a coherent narrative. Drawing on his decades of field research and up-to-the-minute understanding of the latest science, renowned geologist Andrew H. Knoll delivers a rigorous yet accessible biography of Earth, charting our home planet's epic 4.6 billion-year story. Placing twenty first-century climate change in deep context, A Brief History of Earth is an indispensable look at where we've been and where we're going. Features original illustrations depicting Earth history and nearly 50 figures (maps, tables, photographs, graphs).


A. G. Cairns-Smith, Seven Clues to the Origin of Life: A Scientific Detective Story. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985). 6. Andrew H. Knoll, Life on a Young Planet (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003). 7.

Author: Frank H. T. Rhodes

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 1501706772

Category: Nature

Page: 344

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"Fossils are the fragments from which, piece by laborious piece, the great mosaic of the history of life has been constructed. Here and there, we can supplement these meager scraps by the use of biochemical markers or geochemical signatures that add useful information, but, even with such additional help, our reconstructions and our models of descent are often tentative. For the fossil record is, as we have seen, as biased as it is incomplete. But fragmentary, selective, and biased though it is, the fossil record, with all its imperfections, is still a treasure. Though whole chapters are missing, many pages lost, and the earliest pages so damaged as to be, as yet, virtually unreadable, this—the greatest biography of all—is one in whose closing pages we find ourselves."—from Origins In Origins, Frank H. T. Rhodes explores the origin and evolution of living things, the changing environments in which they have developed, and the challenges we now face on an increasingly crowded and polluted planet. Rhodes argues that the future well-being of our burgeoning population depends in no small part on our understanding of life’s past, its long and slow development, and its intricate interdependencies. Rhodes’s accessible and extensively illustrated treatment of the origins narrative describes the nature of the search for prehistoric life, the significance of geologic time, the origin of life, the emergence and spread of flora and fauna, the evolution of primates, and the emergence of modern humans.

The Extreme Life of the Sea

“Endogenous production, exogenous delivery and impact-shock synthesis of organic molecules: An inventory for the origins of life.” Nature 355:125–132. 4. Knoll, A. H. 2004. Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of ...

Author: Anthony R. Palumbi

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691229236

Category: Nature

Page: 264

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A thrilling tour of the sea's most extreme species, coauthored by one of the world's leading marine scientists The ocean teems with life that thrives under difficult situations in unusual environments. The Extreme Life of the Sea takes readers to the absolute limits of the ocean world—the fastest and deepest, the hottest and oldest creatures of the oceans. It dives into the icy Arctic and boiling hydrothermal vents—and exposes the eternal darkness of the deepest undersea trenches—to show how marine life thrives against the odds. This thrilling book brings to life the sea's most extreme species, and tells their stories as characters in the drama of the oceans. Coauthored by Stephen Palumbi, one of today’s leading marine scientists, The Extreme Life of the Sea tells the unforgettable tales of some of the most marvelous life forms on Earth, and the challenges they overcome to survive. Modern science and a fluid narrative style give every reader a deep look at the lives of these species. The Extreme Life of the Sea shows you the world’s oldest living species. It describes how flying fish strain to escape their predators, how predatory deep-sea fish use red searchlights only they can see to find and attack food, and how, at the end of her life, a mother octopus dedicates herself to raising her batch of young. This wide-ranging and highly accessible book also shows how ocean adaptations can inspire innovative commercial products—such as fan blades modeled on the flippers of humpback whales—and how future extremes created by human changes to the oceans might push some of these amazing species over the edge.

Prehistoric Life

Life on a Young Planet. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ; 277 pp. McMenamin, M. A., and McMenamin, D. L. 1990. The Emergence ofAnimals. Columbia University Press, New York: 217 pp. Schiitz, B. 2002. Great Cathedrals.

Author: Bruce S. Lieberman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444318640

Category: Science

Page: 400

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Prehistoric life is the archive of evolution preserved in thefossil record. This book focuses on the meaning andsignificance of that archive and is designed for introductorycollege science students, including non-science majors, enrolled insurvey courses emphasizing paleontology, geology and biology. From the origins of animals to the evolution of rap music, fromancient mass extinctions to the current biodiversity crisis, andfrom the Snowball Earth to present day climate change this bookcovers it, with an eye towards showing how past life on Earth putsthe modern world into its proper context. The history of life andthe patterns and processes of evolution are especially emphasized,as are the interconnections between our planet, its climate system,and its varied life forms. The book does not just describe thehistory of life, but uses actual examples from life’s historyto illustrate important concepts and theories.

Life on Other Worlds

Sophisticated or not , through such stories the alien gained a place in young minds , inspiring some of them to embrace careers ... The reader is subjected to a continually changing pageant of lifeforms , for life on the young planet is ...

Author: Steven J. Dick

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521799126

Category: Science

Page: 308

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Are we alone in the universe? From canals on Mars to the search for ET, the debate goes on. Lucid and accessible, this otherworldly guide chronicles the history of the 20th century obsession with extraterrestrials.

Letter to My Christian Family and Friends Living without God

... EARTH SCIENCES Life on a Young Planet: The First 3 Billion Years of Life on Earth Life on a Young Planet: The First 3 Billion Years of Life on Earth by Andrew Knoll Prehistoric Past Revealed: The 4 Billion Year History of Life on ...

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The View From the Center of the Universe

19 In rocks from Greenland there is molecular evidence for life as early as 3.8 billion years ago, when the bombardment may still have been going on. The evidence for early life is reviewed by Andrew H. Knoll, Life on a Young Planet: ...

Author: Joel R. Primack

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101126884

Category: Science

Page: 400

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In this strikingly original book, a world-renowned cosmologist and an innovative writer of the history and philosophy of science uncover an astonishing truth: Humans actually are central to the universe. What does this mean for our culture and our personal lives? The answer is revolutionary: a science-based cosmology that allows us to understand the universe as a whole and our extraordinary place in it.

Teaching Big History

(MA) Knoll, Andrew H. Knoll, Andrew H. Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Life on a ... Summary:Summary: Knoll discusses the “deep history” of life on Earth from its origin to the Cambrian explosion.

Author: Richard B. Simon

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520959388

Category: History

Page: 448

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Big History is a new field on a grand scale: it tells the story of the universe over time through a diverse range of disciplines that spans cosmology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, and archaeology, thereby reconciling traditional human history with environmental geography and natural history. Weaving the myriad threads of evidence-based human knowledge into a master narrative that stretches from the beginning of the universe to the present, the Big History framework helps students make sense of their studies in all disciplines by illuminating the structures that underlie the universe and the connections among them. Teaching Big History is a powerful analytic and pedagogical resource, and serves as a comprehensive guide for teaching Big History, as well for sharing ideas about the subject and planning a curriculum around it. Readers are also given helpful advice about the administrative and organizational challenges of instituting a general education program constructed around Big History. The book includes teaching materials, examples, and detailed sample exercises. This book is also an engaging first-hand account of how a group of professors built an entire Big History general education curriculum for first-year students, demonstrating how this thoughtful integration of disciplines exemplifies liberal education at its best and illustrating how teaching and learning this incredible story can be transformative for professors and students alike.

Symphony in C Carbon and the Evolution of Almost Everything

Biographical information on Paul Falkowski comes from Falkowski, Life's Engines, 1–7. ... The origins of multicellularity are described in Andrew H. Knoll, Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Evolution on Earth ...

Author: Robert M. Hazen

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393609448

Category: Science

Page: 288

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An enchanting biography of the most resonant—and most necessary—chemical element on Earth. Carbon is everywhere: in the paper of this book and the blood of our bodies. It’s with us from beginning to end, present in our baby clothes and coffin alike. We live on a carbon planet, and we are carbon life. No other element is so central to our well-being; yet, when missing or misaligned, carbon atoms can also bring about disease and even death. At once ubiquitous and mysterious, carbon holds the answers to some of humanity’s biggest questions. Where did Earth come from? What will ultimately become of it—and of us? With poetic storytelling, earth scientist Robert M. Hazen explores the universe to discover the past, present, and future of life’s most essential element. We’re not only “made of star stuff,” as Carl Sagan famously observed, but “Big Bang stuff,” too. Hazen reveals that carbon’s grand symphony began with a frenzied prelude shortly after the dawn of creation, bringing new attention to the tiny number of Big Bang–created carbon atoms that often get overlooked. In minutes, violently colliding protons and neutrons improbably formed the first carbon atoms, which can still be found within our bodies. His book then unfolds in four movements, building momentum as he explores carbon as the element of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water. He visits the famed volcanic crater Solfatara di Pozzuoli near Naples, where venting carbon dioxide and other noxious fumes condense into beautiful crystals. He climbs the cliffs of the Scottish Highlands and delves deep into the precious-metal mines of Namibia, journeying toward Earth’s mysterious core in search of undocumented carbon structures. Hazen often asks us to pause and consider carbon’s role in climate change and what we can do about it, for our lives and this element are inextricably intertwined. With prose that sparkles like a diamond, Symphony in C tells the story of carbon, in which we all have a part.