Oxygen and the Evolution of Life

Authors: Decker, Heinz, van Holde, Kensal E

  • Written in an easily understandable way, this text makes a very interesting and entertaining read.
  • The authors, both biophysicists, depict how changes in the earth's atmosphere have been interrelated with the origin of life and delineate the important implications for human health and humanity's future.
  • While the main audience are certainly scientists everyone with a general interest in science will be fascinated by this description of the evolution of life.
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This book describes the interlaced histories of life and oxygen. It opens with the generation of the element in ancient stars, and its distribution to newly formed planets like the Earth. But free O2 was not available on the early Earth, so the first life forms had to be anaerobic. Life introduced free O2 into the environment through the evolution of photosynthesis. This must have been a disaster for many anaerobes, but others found ways to deal with toxic reactive oxygen species. Some even developed a much more efficient oxygen-based metabolism. The authors vividly describe how the introduction of O2 into the atmosphere and oceans changed world chemistry, and allowed the burst of evolution that created today’s biota. They also discuss the interplay of O2 and CO2, with consequences such as worldwide glaciations and global warming. On the physiological level, they present an overview of oxidative metabolism and O2 transport in animals and the importance of O2 in human life and medicine, emphasizing that while oxygen is essential, it is also related to aging and many disease states.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Oxygen, Its Nature and Chemistry: What Is so Special About This Element?

    Decker, Heinz (et al.)

    Pages 1-19

  • A Brief History of Oxygen

    Decker, Heinz (et al.)

    Pages 21-42

  • Coping with Oxygen

    Decker, Heinz (et al.)

    Pages 43-59

  • Aerobic Metabolism: Benefits from an Oxygenated World

    Decker, Heinz (et al.)

    Pages 61-77

  • Facilitated Oxygen Transport

    Decker, Heinz (et al.)

    Pages 79-105

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Oxygen and the Evolution of Life
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-13179-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-13179-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-13178-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-42384-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 172
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