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Cradle of Life: The Discovery of Earths Earliest Fossils
Cradle of Life: The Discovery of Earths Earliest Fossils by J. William Schopf 0691002304 9780691002309
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Cradle of Life: The Discovery of Earths Earliest Fossils by J. William Schopf

One of the greatest mysteries in reconstructing the history of life on Earth has been the apparent absence of fossils dating back more than 550 million years. We have long known that fossils of sophisticated marine life-forms existed at the dawn of the Cambrian Period, but until recently scientists had found no traces of Precambrian fossils. The quest to find such traces began in earnest in the mid-1960s and culminated in one dramatic moment in 1993 when William Schopf identified fossilized microorganisms three and a half billion years old. This startling find opened up a vast period of time--some eighty-five percent of Earths history--to new research and new ideas about lifes beginnings. In this book, William Schopf, a pioneer of modern paleobiology, tells for the first time the exciting and fascinating story of the origins and earliest evolution of life and how that story has been unearthed.<P>Gracefully blending his personal story of discovery with the basics needed to understand the astonishing science he describes, Schopf has produced an introduction to paleobiology for the interested reader as well as a primer for beginning s

Author: J. William Schopf

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 336

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Publication Date: 1999-03-23

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ISBN: 0691002304

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