Biosphere Origin and Evolution

Hardcover | December 18, 2007

EditorNikolay Dobretsov, Nikolay Kolchanov, Alexey Rozanov

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This monograph contains articles based on the oral presentations given at the International Workshop on the Biosphere Origin and Evolution (BOE 2005) held in Novosibirsk, Russia, June 26-29, 2005. The organizers of the event were the Scientific Programme of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which involves 50 institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

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This monograph contains articles based on the oral presentations given at the International Workshop on the Biosphere Origin and Evolution (BOE 2005) held in Novosibirsk, Russia, June 26-29, 2005. The organizers of the event were the Scientific Programme of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, which involves 50 institutes ...

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Modern natural science shows that the infancy of life on Earth experienced prebiotic evolution and included the emergence of primitive self-reproducing biologic forms and their systems. The subsequent coevolution of inorganic environment and biologic systems resulted in global propagation of life over the Earth and its enormous diversi...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.27 inPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:Springer USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:038768655X

ISBN - 13:9780387686554

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Preface.- Problems of Biosphere Evolution and Origin of Life.- Early Stages of Life Origin and Evolution .- Microbial Biosphere .- Prebiological Stages of Evolution and Rna World on the Earth and in the Space .- Astrocatalysis Hypothesis for Origin of Life Problem .- Comets, Carbonaceous Meteorites, and the Origin of the Biosphere.- Hierarchical Scale-Free Representation of Biological Realm, Its Origin and Evolution.- The Prebiotic Phase of the Origin of Life as it is Seen by A Physical Chemist.- Prebiotic Carbohydrates and their Derivates.- Theoretical and Computer Modeling of Evolution of Autocatalytic Systems in A Flow Reactor.- Rna World: First Steps Towards Functional Molecules.- Trans Hammerhead Ribozyme: Ligation vs. Cleavage.- Paradoxical Bistate Status of A Prebiotic Microsystem: Universal Predecessor of Life.- Archaen-Proterozoic Ecosystems: Their Interaction And Contemporary Analogous.- The Ancient Anoxic Biosphere was not as We Know it.- Evolutionary Aspects of Geochemical Activity of Microbial Mats in Lakes and Hydrotherms of Baikal Rift Zone.- On the Concept for The Organization of the Modern Biosphere in the Terrestrial Subsurface.- Biomineralization and Evolution. Coevolution of Mineral and Biological Worlds.- Visualization of the Silicon Biomineralization in Cyanobacteria, Sponges and Diatoms.- Transformational Changes in Argillaceous Minerals Due to Cyanobacteria.- Coevolution of Geological and Biological Events in Phanerozoe.- Ecological Revolution Through Ordovician Biosphere (495-435 Ma Ages): Start of the Coherent Life Evolution.- Ecosystem's and Molecular-Genetic Factors of Organism Evolution.- Evolution by Gene Duplications: From the Origin of the Genetic Code to the Human Genome.- Evolution of the Translation Termination System in Eukaryotes.- The Hedgehog Signaling Cascade System: Evolution and Functional Dynamics.- Approaches to the Resolution of Contradictions Between Phylogenetic Systems Based on Paleontological and Comparative Biochemical Data.- Chromosomes and Speciation.- Biotic Turnover in Superorganism Systems: Several Principles of Establishment and Sustenance (Theoretical Analysis, Debatable Issues).- Chromosomes and Continents.- Biosphere and Human Being.- Genetic Landscape of the Central Asia and Volga-Ural Region.- Problems of Reconstruction of Paleoenvironment and Conditions of the Habitability of the Ancient Man by the Example of Northwestern Altai.- The Settling of the Ancient Man by the Example of North-Western Altay.- Evolutionary History of Wheats - The Main Cereal of Mankind.- Author's Index.

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From the reviews:"The contents of this dense volume are mainly derived from a Russian Academy of Sciences research program of the same name, culminating in a conference held in Novosibirsk in 2005. . Dobretsov . and colleagues have compiled papers by microbiologists, chemists, geologists, paleobiologists, geneticists, and archaeologists. The book introduces novel theoretical frameworks and new data in many areas . . Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and researchers/faculty." (W. L. Cressler, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (10), June, 2008)