Early Life on Earth Evolution, Diversification, and Interactions
This book comprehensively explores the early evolution of life and the Archean environment. Topics include the differences between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, variations in metabolisms, concepts of ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles (nitrogen, sulfur, phosphorous), Archean geology and environments, and the widely accepted early evolutionary history of life. The text addresses controversies regarding early life and its environment, particularly the unusual microfossil assemblages from the 3.4 Ga Strelley Pool Formation and the 3.0 Ga Farrel Quartzite of Western Australia. Readers will get a fuller picture of the Archean world, and an appreciation of many still unresolved questions.
- Illustrated with figures visualizing ecosystems, biogeochemical cycles etc which are indispensable for understanding the Archean Earth.
- Includes tables arranging key words, definitions, and interpretations.
- Documents the Archean environment with photographic evidence and detailed descriptions the rocks, minerals and microfossils.
- Summarizes the latest field research.
- Details exciting unresolved questions for future study.
1) Space, solar system and the Earth
2) Solid Earth
3) Life on the Earth 1
4) Life on the Earth 2
5) Topics of the Archean (and Hadean) Earth 1
6) Topics of the Precambrian Earth 2
7) Biosignatures in ancient rocks and related issues
8) Early (Paleo- to Meso-) Archean cellularly-preserved biosignatures
9) Overview of the Pilbara Microstructures 1: the Farrel Quartzite assemblage
10) Overview of the Pilbara Microstructures 2: the Strelley Pool Formation assemblage
11) Biogenicity of the Pilbara Microstructures
12) Lifecycle and mode of life of the Pilbara microfossils
13) Facts and problems of the Pilbara Microfossils and related issues