From Fossils to Astrobiology

Records of Life on Earth and Search for Extraterrestrial Biosignatures


ISBN: 978-1-4020-8836-0 (Print) 978-1-4020-8837-7 (Online)

Table of contents (26 chapters)

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  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxxvi

  2. Geology

    1. Fossils and Fossilization

      1. Chapter

        Pages 3-23

        Nanosims Opens a New Window for Deciphering Organic Matter in Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Samples

      2. Chapter

        Pages 25-37

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

      3. Chapter

        Pages 39-68

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

      4. Chapter

        Pages 69-88

        Models for Silicate Fossils of Organic Materials in the Astrobiological Context

      5. Chapter

        Pages 89-117

        Microfossil Phosphatization and Its Astrobiological Implications

      6. Chapter

        Pages 119-139

        Proterozoic Unicellular and Multicellular Fossils from India and Their Implications

      Stromatolites, Microbial Mats, and Biofilms

      1. Chapter

        Pages 143-158

        Microbial Communities of Stromatolites

      2. Chapter

        Pages 159-179

        Biosedimentological Processes That Produce Hot Spring Sinter Biofabrics: Examples from the Uzon Caldera, Kamchatka Russia

      3. Chapter

        Pages 181-210

        Cyanobacterial Mat Features Preserved in the Siliciclastic Sedimentary Record

      4. Chapter

        Pages 211-229

        Deciphering Fossil Evidence for the Origin of Life and the Origin of Animals

  3. Biology

    1. Terrestrial Microbes as Analogs for Life Elsewhere in the Universe

      1. Chapter

        Pages 233-248

        Microorganisms in the Ancient Terrestrial Subsurface – And in Outer Space?

      2. Chapter

        Pages 249-273

        Evidence of Ancient Microbial Life in an Impact Structure and Its Implications for Astrobiology

      3. Chapter

        Pages 275-295

        Phylogenomic Dating and the Relative Ancestry of Prokaryotic Metabolisms

      4. Chapter

        Pages 297-317

        Fossil Microorganisms at Methane Seeps: An Astrobiological Perspective

      5. Chapter

        Pages 319-333

        Endoliths in Terrestrial Arid Environments: Implications for Astrobiology

      6. Chapter

        Pages 335-350

        Magnetotactic Bacteria and Their Potential for Terraformation

      Evolution and Astrobiology

      1. Chapter

        Pages 353-368

        Paleontological Tests: Human-Like Intelligence Is Not a Convergent Feature of Evolution

      2. Chapter

        Pages 369-385

        Cosmic Life Forms

  4. Space Sciences

    1. Astronomical and Cosmological Considerations in Astrobiology

      1. Chapter

        Pages 389-408

        Astronomical and Astrobiological Imprints on the Fossil Records: A Review

      2. Chapter

        Pages 409-423

        Do Impacts Really Cause Most Mass Extinctions?

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