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An Evolutionary Approach, 1st Edition

Edited by Vera M. Kolb

CRC Press

504 pages

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Astrobiology: An Evolutionary Approach provides a full course in astrobiology with an emphasis on abiogenesis and evolution. The book presents astrobiology both as a developing science and as the science of the future.The origins of life and the possibility of life elsewhere continues to be a subject of scientific and philosophical examination. The

Table of Contents

Astrobiology: An Overview. Origin of Elements and Formation of Solar System, Planets, and Exoplanets. Astrobiology Education and Public Outreach. Analysis of Extraterrestrial Organic Matter in Murchison Meteorite: A Progress Report. Prebiotic Synthesis of Biochemical Compounds: An Overview. Biochemical Pathways as Evidence for Prebiotic Syntheses. Roles of Silicon in Life on Earth and Elsewhere. Fossil Records for Early Life on Earth. Prebiotic Chemistry: In Water and in the Solid State. Encapsulation of Organic Materials in Protocells. Role of Phosphorus in Prebiotic Chemistry. Cold and Dry Limits of Life. Microorganisms in Space. Search for Life on Mars: An Astrogeological Approach. Elusive Definition of Life: A Survey of Main Ideas. Language and Communication as Universal Requirements for Life. Transition from Abiotic to Biotic: Is There an Algorithm for It? Extraterrestrial Life: What Are We Looking For? Evolutionary Approach to Viruses in Astrobiology. Virolution Can Help Us Understand the Origin of Life. Can Virolution Help Us Understand Recent Human Evolution?

About the Editor

Vera M. Kolb is a chemistry professor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She earned an MS in organic chemistry from Belgrade University and a PhD in organic chemistry from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Dr. Kolb received her training in exobiology (now known as astrobiology) at the NASA Specialized Center of Research and Training in San Diego. She has received the Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Educator Award and has also been inducted into the Southeastern Wisconsin Educators' Hall of Fame. Dr. Kolb is a recipient of numerous grants from the Wisconsin Space Consortium/NASA and has published more than 150 articles in organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and astrobiology.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Astrophysics & Space Science
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution