From Fossils to Astrobiology

Records of Life on Earth and Search for Extraterrestrial Biosignatures

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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

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        Pages 3-23

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

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        Pages 25-37

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

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        Pages 39-68

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

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        Pages 69-88

        Models for Silicate Fossils of Organic Materials in the Astrobiological Context

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        Pages 89-117

        Microfossil Phosphatization and Its Astrobiological Implications

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        Pages 119-139

        Proterozoic Unicellular and Multicellular Fossils from India and Their Implications

      Stromatolites, Microbial Mats, and Biofilms

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        Pages 143-158

        Microbial Communities of Stromatolites

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        Pages 159-179

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

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        Pages 181-210

        Cyanobacterial Mat Features Preserved in the Siliciclastic Sedimentary Record

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        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

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        Pages 233-248

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

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        Pages 249-273

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

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        Pages 275-295

        Phylogenomic Dating and the Relative Ancestry of Prokaryotic Metabolisms

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        Pages 297-317

        Fossil Microorganisms at Methane Seeps: An Astrobiological Perspective

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        Pages 319-333

        Endoliths in Terrestrial Arid Environments: Implications for Astrobiology

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        Pages 335-350

        Magnetotactic Bacteria and Their Potential for Terraformation

      Evolution and Astrobiology

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        Pages 353-368

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

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        Pages 369-385

        Cosmic Life Forms

  4. Space Sciences

    1. Astronomical and Cosmological Considerations in Astrobiology

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        Pages 389-408

        Astronomical and Astrobiological Imprints on the Fossil Records: A Review

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        Pages 409-423

        Do Impacts Really Cause Most Mass Extinctions?

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