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From Fossils to Astrobiology reviews developments in paleontology and geobiology that relate to the rapidly-developing field of Astrobiology, the study of life in the Universe. Many traditional areas of scientific study, including astronomy, chemistry and planetary science, contribute to Astrobiology, but the study of the record of life on planet Earth is critical in guiding investigations in the rest of the cosmos. In this varied book, expert scientists from 15 countries present peer-reviewed, stimulating reviews of paleontological and astrobiological studies. The overviews of established and…mehr

Produktbeschreibung
From Fossils to Astrobiology reviews developments in paleontology and geobiology that relate to the rapidly-developing field of Astrobiology, the study of life in the Universe. Many traditional areas of scientific study, including astronomy, chemistry and planetary science, contribute to Astrobiology, but the study of the record of life on planet Earth is critical in guiding investigations in the rest of the cosmos. In this varied book, expert scientists from 15 countries present peer-reviewed, stimulating reviews of paleontological and astrobiological studies. The overviews of established and emerging techniques for studying modern and ancient microorganisms on Earth and beyond, will be valuable guides to evaluating biosignatures which could be found in the extraterrestrial surface or subsurface within the Solar System and beyond. This volume also provides discussion on the controversial reports of "nanobacteria" in the Martian meteorite ALH84001. It is a unique volume among Astrobiology monographs in focusing on fossil evidence from the geological record and will be valuable to students and researchers alike.
  • Produktdetails
  • Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology 12
  • Verlag: Springer / Springer Netherlands
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 12436873
  • 2008
  • Seitenzahl: 584
  • Erscheinungstermin: 29. Oktober 2008
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 241mm x 160mm x 36mm
  • Gewicht: 1098g
  • ISBN-13: 9781402088360
  • ISBN-10: 1402088361
  • Artikelnr.: 23906303
Inhaltsangabe
Foreward, Joseph Seckbach and Maud Walsh. Introduction: A Roadmap to Fata Morgana?, Wladyslaw Altermann. List of authors and their addresses.GEOLOGYPART 1: Fossils and FossilizationNanosims Opens a New Window for Deciphering Organic matter in Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Samples, Dorothy Z. Oehler, Francois Robert, Smail Mostefaoui, Anders Meibom, Madeleine Selo, David S. McKay, and Everett K. GibsonDisentangling the Microbial Fossil Record in the Barberton Greenstone Belt: A Cautionary Tale, Maud M. Walsh and Frances WestallLooking through Windows onto the Earliest History of Life on Earth and Mars, David Wacey, Nicola McLoughlin, and Martin D. BrasierModels for Silicate Fossils of Organic Materials in the Astrobiological Context, Vera M. Kolb and Patrick J. LieschMicrofossil Phosphatization and Its Astrobiological Implications, Shuhai Xiao and James D. SchiffbauerProterozoic Unicellular and Multicellular Fossils from India and Their Implications, Vinod Chandra TewariPART 2: Stromatolites, Microbial Mats, and BiofilmsStromatolites, B.P. Burns, M.R. Walter, and B.A. NeilanBiosedimentological Processes that Produce Hot Spring Sinter Biofabrics: Examples from the Uzon Caldera, Kamchatka, Russia, Jessica C. Goin and Sherry L. CadyCyanobacterial Mat Features Preserved in the Siliciclastic Sedimentary Record, Hubertus Porada and Patrick G. ErikssonDeciphering Fossil Evidence for the Origin of Life and the Origin of Animals: Common Challenges in Different Worlds, Jonathan Antcliffe and Nicola McLoughlinBIOLOGYPART 3: Terrestrial Microbes as Analogs for Life Elsewhere in the UniverseMicroorganisms in the Ancient Terrestrial Subsurface - And in Outer Space?, Helga Stan-Lotter, Sergiu Fendrihan, Marion Dornmayr-Pfaffenhuemer, Friedrich Gerbl, Andrea Legat, Claudia Gruber, and Gerhard WeidlerEvidence of Ancient Microbial Life in a Large Impact Structure and Its Implications for Astrobiology - A Case Study, Tomas Hode, Shery L. Cady, Ilka von Dalwigk and Per KristianssonPhylogenomic Dating and the Relative Ancestry of Prokaryotic Metabolisms, Carrine E. BlankFossil Microorganisms at Methane Seeps: An Astrobiological Perspective, Roberto Barbieri and Barbara CavalazziEndoliths in Terrestrial Arid Environments: Implications for Astrobiology, Nunzia Stivaletta and Roberto BarbieriMagnetotactic Bacteria and Their Potential for Terraformation, Ioan I. Ardelean, Cristina Moisescu, and Dan Razvan PopoviciuPART 4: Evolution and AstrobiologyPaleontological Tests: Human-Like Intelligence Is Not a Convergent Feature of Evolution, Charles H. LineweaverCosmic Life Forms, Attila GrandpierreSPACE SCIENCESPART 5: Astronomical and Cosmological Considerations in AstrobiologyAstronomical and Astrobiological Imprints on the Fossil Records: A Review, J. Chela-Flores, G. Jerse, M. Messerotti, and C. TunizDo Impacts Really Cause Most Mass Extinctions?, Donald R. ProtheroIrradiation of Icy Cometary Analogs: Its Relevance in Reference to Chemical Evolution and the Origin of Life, Maria Colin-Garcia, A. Negron-Mendoza, S. Ramos-Bernal and E. ChaconThe Big Bang at Time Zero, Peter R. Bahn and Steven H. PravdoMolecular Imprints of Reaction Network: Living or
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From the reviews:

"This book emphasizes the study of Precambrian paleontology and its implications for investigating extraterrestrial biosignatures. ... Largely technical in nature, this fascinating volume ... will be of great interest to astrobiologists, planetary astronomers, evolutionary biologists, and paleontologists. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections." (D. A. Brass, Choice, Vol. 46 (9), May, 2009)

"In this book, expert scientists from 15 countries present peer-reviewed, stimulating reviews of paleontological and astrobiological studies. The overviews of established and emerging techniques for studying modern and ancient microorganisms on Earth and beyond will be valuable guides to evaluating biosignatures that could be found in the extraterrestrial surface or subsurface within the solar system and beyond. ... It is a unique volume among astrobiology monographs in focusing on fossil evidence from the geological record and will be valuable to students and researchers ... ." (Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin, 2009)