Earliest Life on Earth: Habitats, Environments and Methods of Detection

Editors: Golding, Suzanne D., Glikson, Miryam (Eds.)

  • Takes the reader to the habitats of the most ancient preserved organisms on earth Shows how to identify early life forms from their physical and chemical remains Determines what these early life forms and ecosystems were like Compares early life forms with existing species today in similar niche environments Presents some alternative perspectives on the biogenic/abiogenic origins of some very ancient carbonaceous matter

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This volume integrates the latest findings on earliest life forms, identified and characterised in some of the oldest rocks on Earth. New material from prominent researchers in the field is presented and evaluated in the context of previous work. Emphasis is placed on the integration of analytical methods with observational techniques and experimental simulations. The opening section focuses on submarine hot springs that the majority of researchers postulates served as the cradle of life on Earth. In subsequent sections, evidence for life in strongly metamorphosed rocks such as those in Greenland is evaluated and early ecosystems identified in the well preserved Barberton and Pilbara successions in Southern Africa and Western Australia. The final section includes a number of contributions from authors with alternate perspectives on the evidence and record of early life on Earth.

Audience
This volume will be valuable to researchers and graduate students in biogeosciences, geochemistry, paleontology and geology interested in the origin of life on earth.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Glikson, Miryam (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • Earliest Seafloor Hydrothermal Systems on Earth: Comparison with Modern Analogues

    Golding, Suzanne D. (et al.)

    Pages 15-49

  • Archaean Hydrothermal Systems in the Barberton Greenstone Belt and Their Significance as a Habitat for Early Life

    Hofmann, Axel

    Pages 51-78

  • Birth of Biomolecules from the Warm Wet Sheets of Clays Near Spreading Centers

    Williams, Lynda B. (et al.)

    Pages 79-112

  • Towards a Null Hypothesis for Stromatolites

    Brasier, Martin D.

    Pages 115-125

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Earliest Life on Earth: Habitats, Environments and Methods of Detection
Editors
  • Suzanne D. Golding
  • Miryam Glikson
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-8794-2
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-8794-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-8793-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-8970-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 316
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