Lectures in Astrobiology

Volume I

ISBN: 978-3-540-22315-3 (Print) 978-3-540-26229-9 (Online)

Table of contents (21 chapters)

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  1. Front Matter

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    From the Origin of Life on Earth to Life in the Universe

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    Pages 29-59

    The Formation of Solar-type Stars: Boundary Conditions for the Origin of Life?

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    Pages 61-82

    Chronology of Solar System Formation

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    Pages 83-112

    The Origin and Evolution of the Oceans

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    Pages 113-163

    Genesis and Evolution of the Primitive Earth Continental Crust

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    Pages 165-193

    Thermal Evolution of the Earth During the First Billion Years

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    Pages 195-226

    The Geological Context for the Origin of Life and the Mineral Signatures of Fossil Life

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    Pages 227-288

    Lake Vostok, Antarctica: Exploring a Subglacial Lake and Searching for Life in an Extreme Environment

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    Pages 289-352

    Comets: Potential Sources of Prebiotic Molecules for the Early Earth

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    Pages 353-383

    Comparative Planetology, Mars and Exobiology

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    Pages 385-423

    Spectroscopic Signatures of Life on Exoplanets – The Darwin and TPF Missions

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    Pages 429-448

    A Rational Approach to the Origin of Life: From Amphiphilic Molecules to Protocells. Some Plausible Solutions, and Some Real Problems

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    Pages 449-471

    Prebiotic Chemistry: Laboratory Experiments and Planetary Observation

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    Pages 473-515

    Chirality and the Origin of Homochirality

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    Pages 517-545

    Peptide Emergence, Evolution and Selection on the Primitive Earth

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    Pages 547-569

    Peptide Emergence, Evolution and Selection on the Primitive Earth

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    Pages 571-594

    The RNA World: Hypotheses, Facts and Experimental Results

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    Pages 595-615

    Looking for the Most ‘Primitive’ Life Forms: Pitfalls and Progresses

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    Pages 617-655

    The Universal Tree of Life: From Simple to Complex or From Complex to Simple

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    Pages 657-679

    Extremophiles

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