Genesis, Evolution and Diversity of Life

  • Joseph Seckbach

Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Origin & Evolution of Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Joseph Seckbach
      Pages 3-5
    3. Philip Morrison
      Pages 6-13
    4. Louis Lerman, Jacqueline Teng
      Pages 35-55
  3. The Standard Scenario

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. A. Brack
      Pages 59-73
    3. David W. Deamer
      Pages 75-89
    4. Clifford N. Matthews
      Pages 121-135
    5. Rafael Navarro-González, Antigona Segura
      Pages 139-152
    6. Heikki Tervahattu, Adrian Tuck, Veronica Vaida
      Pages 153-165
  4. Alternatives to the Standard Scenario

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. A. Negron-Mendoza, S. Ramos-Bernal
      Pages 181-194
    3. Joachim Reitner
      Pages 195-212
  5. The First Steps of Biological Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. M. S. Kritsky, T. A. Telegina
      Pages 215-231
    3. Charles H. Lineweaver, David Schwartzman
      Pages 233-248

About this book


Origins: Genesis, Evolution and Biodiversity of Microbial Life in the Universe is the sixth unit of the book series Cellular Origins, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology (COLE) edited by Joseph Seckbach. In this book forty eminent scientists review their studies in the fields of Life from the beginning to the "Fact of Life". The history of Origin of Life and Astrobiology is well covered by these authors. Reviews cover the standard and alternative scenarios of the genesis of Life, while the chapters of "The First Cells" leading to the biodiversity and extremophiles of microbial Life. Among these extremophiles are the microbes living in the Life's limits, such as in high temperature, psychrophilic, UV radiation, and halophilic environments. The origin and history of Martian water is discussed followed by the possible biogeochemistry inside Titan. This new field of Astrobiology has been presented, from comets as a source of materials and Life on earth to the space for last Frontiers.


Adaptation EFE Universe amino acids evolution microbes microorganism phylogeny physiology primitive earth the origin

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph Seckbach
    • 1
  1. 1.Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-1813-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-2522-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-0400
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