From the age of prokaryotes to the emergence of eukaryotes

  • Julian Chela-Flores
Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 20)


Our subsequent discussion is based on the idea that evolution has taken place on Earth. Darwin’s major thesis was that evolutionary change is due to the production of variation in a population and the survival and reproductive success of some of these variants. In this chapter we shall concentrate on the first stages of the story of life on Earth guided by Darwin’s ideas. We pick up the story once the earliest and simplest living cell has already formed. As we saw in Chapter 4, it is sometimes called the progenote or, alternatively, the “cenancestor”.


Solar System Atmospheric Oxygen Paracoccus Denitrificans Cyanidium Caldarium Great Oxidation Event 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical PhysicsTriesteItaly

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