From Fossils to Astrobiology

Records of Life on Earth and Search for Extraterrestrial Biosignatures

  • Joseph Seckbach
  • Maud Walsh

Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvi
  2. Geology

    1. Fossils and Fossilization

      1. Dorothy Z. Oehler, François Robert, Smail Mostefaoui, Anders Meibom, Madeleine Selo, David S. Mckay et al.
        Pages 3-23
      2. David Wacey, Nicola Mcloughlin, Martin D. Brasier
        Pages 39-68
      3. Shuhai Xiao, James D. Schiffbauer
        Pages 89-117
    2. Stromatolites, Microbial Mats, and Biofilms

      1. Burns P. Brendan, Malcolm R. Walter, Brett A. Neilan
        Pages 143-158
      2. Hubertus Porada, Patrick G. Eriksson
        Pages 181-210
      3. Jonathan Antcliffe, Nicola McLoughlin
        Pages 211-229
  3. Biology

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

      1. Helga Stan-Lotter, Sergiu Fendrihan, Marion Dornmayr-Pfaffenhuemer, Friedrich Gerbl, Andrea Legat, Claudia Gruber et al.
        Pages 233-248
      2. Tomas Hode, Sherry L. Cady, Ilka von Dalwigk, Per Kristiansson
        Pages 249-273
      3. Roberto Barbieri, Barbara Cavalazzi
        Pages 297-317
      4. Nunzia Stivaletta, Roberto Barbieri
        Pages 319-333
      5. Ioan I. Ardelean, Cristina Moisescu, Dan Razvan Popoviciu
        Pages 335-350
    2. Evolution and Astrobiology

      1. Attila Grandpierre
        Pages 369-385
  4. Space Sciences

    1. Astronomical and Cosmological Considerations in Astrobiology

      1. Julian Chela-Flores, Giouanna Jerse, Mauro Messerotti, Claudio Tuniz
        Pages 389-408
      2. Donald R. Prothero
        Pages 409-423
      3. María Colín-García, A. Negron-Mendóza, S. Ramos-Bernal, E. Chacón
        Pages 425-442
      4. Peter R. Bahn, Steven H. Pravdo
        Pages 443-452
      5. Koichiro Matsuno
        Pages 453-467
    2. The Search for Evidence of Life on Mars

      1. Alfonso F. Davila, Alberto G. Fairén, Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Christopher P. McKay
        Pages 471-489
      2. David C. Fernández-Remolar, Olga Prieto-Ballesteros, César Menor-Salván, Marta Ruíz-Bermejo, Felipe Gómez, David Gómez-Ortiz et al.
        Pages 491-512
    3. Outlook and Summary

      1. Joseph Seckbach, Julian Chela-Flores, Aharon Oren, Francois Raulin
        Pages 515-520
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 521-546

About this book


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.


AgroMicro Astrobiology Biofilm Evolution Extraterrestrial Life Fossil Record Life on Mars Paleontology history of life microbe microbes microorganism the origin

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph Seckbach
    • 1
  • Maud Walsh
    • 2
  1. 1.The Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael
  2. 2.School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil SciencesLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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