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From Fossils to Astrobiology

Records of Life on Earth and the Search for Extraterrestrial Biosignatures

Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology Band 12

Joseph Seckbach, Maud Walsh

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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)

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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Herausgeber Joseph Seckbach, Maud Walsh
Seitenzahl 546
Erscheinungsdatum 29.10.2008
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-4020-8836-0
Verlag Springer Netherland
Maße (L/B/H) 24,1/16/3,6 cm
Gewicht 1033 g
Auflage 2008

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  • Foreward, Joseph Seckbach and Maud Walsh. Introduction: A Roadmap to Fata Morgana?, Wladyslaw Altermann. List of authors and their addresses.
    GEOLOGY
    PART 1: Fossils and Fossilization
    Nanosims Opens a New Window for Deciphering Organic matter in Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Samples, Dorothy Z. Oehler, Francois Robert, Smail Mostefaoui, Anders Meibom, Madeleine Selo, David S. McKay, and Everett K. Gibson
    Disentangling the Microbial Fossil Record in the Barberton Greenstone Belt: A Cautionary Tale, Maud M. Walsh and Frances Westall
    Looking through Windows onto the Earliest History of Life on Earth and Mars, David Wacey, Nicola McLoughlin, and Martin D. Brasier
    Models for Silicate Fossils of Organic Materials in the Astrobiological Context, Vera M. Kolb and Patrick J. Liesch
    Microfossil Phosphatization and Its Astrobiological Implications, Shuhai Xiao and James D. Schiffbauer
    Proterozoic Unicellular and Multicellular Fossils from India and Their Implications, Vinod Chandra Tewari
    PART 2: Stromatolites, Microbial Mats, and Biofilms
    Stromatolites, B.P. Burns, M.R. Walter, and B.A. Neilan
    Biosedimentological Processes that Produce Hot Spring Sinter Biofabrics: Examples from the Uzon Caldera, Kamchatka, Russia, Jessica C. Goin and Sherry L. Cady
    Cyanobacterial Mat Features Preserved in the Siliciclastic Sedimentary Record, Hubertus Porada and Patrick G. Eriksson
    Deciphering Fossil Evidence for the Origin of Life and the Origin of Animals: Common Challenges in Different Worlds, Jonathan Antcliffe and Nicola McLoughlin
    BIOLOGY
    PART 3: Terrestrial Microbes as Analogs for Life Elsewhere in the Universe
    Microorganisms in the Ancient Terrestrial Subsurface – And in Outer Space?, Helga Stan-Lotter, Sergiu Fendrihan, Marion Dornmayr-Pfaffenhuemer, Friedrich Gerbl, Andrea Legat, Claudia Gruber, and Gerhard Weidler
    Evidence of Ancient Microbial Life in a Large Impact Structure and Its Implications for Astrobiology - A Case Study, Tomas Hode, Shery L. Cady, Ilka von Dalwigk and Per Kristiansson
    Phylogenomic Dating and the Relative Ancestry of Prokaryotic Metabolisms, Carrine E. Blank
    Fossil Microorganisms at Methane Seeps: An Astrobiological Perspective, Roberto Barbieri and Barbara Cavalazzi
    Endoliths in Terrestrial Arid Environments: Implications for Astrobiology, Nunzia Stivaletta and Roberto Barbieri
    Magnetotactic Bacteria and Their Potential for Terraformation, Ioan I. Ardelean, Cristina Moisescu, and Dan Razvan Popoviciu
    PART 4: Evolution and Astrobiology
    Paleontological Tests: Human-Like Intelligence Is Not a Convergent Feature of Evolution, Charles H. Lineweaver
    Cosmic Life Forms, Attila Grandpierre
    SPACE SCIENCES
    PART 5: Astronomical and Cosmological Considerations in Astrobiology
    Astronomical and Astrobiological Imprints on the Fossil Records: A Review, J. Chela-Flores, G. Jerse, M. Messerotti, and C. Tuniz
    Do Impacts Really Cause Most Mass Extinctions?, Donald R. Prothero
    Irradiation of Icy Cometary Analogs: Its Relevance in Reference to Chemical Evolution and the Origin of Life, Maria Colin-Garcia, A. Negron-Mendoza, S. Ramos-Bernal and E. Chacon
    The Big Bang at Time Zero, Peter R. Bahn and Steven H. Pravdo
    Molecular Imprints of Reaction Network: Living or