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Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology

From Fossils to Astrobiology

Records of Life on Earth and the Search for Extraterrestrial Biosignatures

Editors: Seckbach, Joseph, Walsh, Maud (Eds.)

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  • Provides a valuable overview of established and emerging techniques for evaluating modern and ancient microorganisms on Earth and beyond
  • Contains diverse, critical reviews of paleontological and taphonomic studies of life in the Universe
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From Fossils to Astrobiology reviews developments in paleontology and geobiology that relate to the rapidly-developing field of Astrobiology, the study of life in the Universe. Many traditional areas of scientific study, including astronomy, chemistry and planetary science, contribute to Astrobiology, but the study of the record of life on planet Earth is critical in guiding investigations in the rest of the cosmos.  In this varied book, expert scientists from 15 countries present peer-reviewed, stimulating reviews of paleontological and astrobiological studies.  The overviews of established and emerging techniques for studying modern and ancient microorganisms on Earth and beyond, will be valuable guides to evaluating biosignatures which could be found in the extraterrestrial surface or subsurface within the Solar System and beyond.  This volume also provides discussion on the controversial reports of "nanobacteria" in the Martian meteorite ALH84001.  It is a unique volume among Astrobiology monographs in focusing on fossil evidence from the geological record and will be valuable to students and researchers alike.

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"This book emphasizes the study of Precambrian paleontology and its implications for investigating extraterrestrial biosignatures. … Largely technical in nature, this fascinating volume … will be of great interest to astrobiologists, planetary astronomers, evolutionary biologists, and paleontologists. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections." (D. A. Brass, Choice, Vol. 46 (9), May, 2009)

"In this book, expert scientists from 15 countries present peer-reviewed, stimulating reviews of paleontological and astrobiological studies. The overviews of established and emerging techniques for studying modern and ancient microorganisms on Earth and beyond will be valuable guides to evaluating biosignatures that could be found in the extraterrestrial surface or subsurface within the solar system and beyond. … It is a unique volume among astrobiology monographs in focusing on fossil evidence from the geological record and will be valuable to students and researchers … ." (Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin, 2009)


Table of contents (26 chapters)

Table of contents (26 chapters)
  • Nanosims Opens a New Window for Deciphering Organic Matter in Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Samples

    Pages 3-23

    Oehler, Dorothy Z. (et al.)

  • Disentangling the Microbial Fossil Record in the Barberton Greenstone Belt: A Cautionary Tale

    Pages 25-37

    Walsh, Maud M. (et al.)

  • Looking Through Windows onto the Earliest History of Life on Earth and Mars

    Pages 39-68

    Wacey, David (et al.)

  • Models for Silicate Fossils of Organic Materials in the Astrobiological Context

    Pages 69-88

    Kolb, Vera M. (et al.)

  • Microfossil Phosphatization and Its Astrobiological Implications

    Pages 89-117

    Xiao, Shuhai (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
From Fossils to Astrobiology
Book Subtitle
Records of Life on Earth and the Search for Extraterrestrial Biosignatures
Editors
  • Joseph Seckbach
  • Maud Walsh
Series Title
Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-8837-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-8837-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-8836-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-8949-4
Series ISSN
1566-0400
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXVI, 546
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