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The Proterozoic Biosphere

The Proterozoic Biosphere
A Multidisciplinary Study

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J. William Schopf, Sherwood Chang, W. Gary Ernst, Heinrich D. Holland, James F. Kasting, Donald R. Lowe, Nicolas J. Beukes, John P. Grotzinger, Raymond V. Ingersoll, Joseph L. Kirschvink, Cornelis Klein, Ian B. Lambert, Ján Veizer, J. M. Hayes, David J. Des Marais, Harald Strauss, Roger E. Summons, Lee R. Kump, Carl V. Mendelson, John Bauld, Robert J. Horodyski, Jere H. Lipps, Toby B. Moore, Beverley K. Pierson, Richard W. Castenholz, Elisa D'Amelio, Jack D. Farmer, Bo Barker Jørgenson, Douglas C. Nelson, Anna C. Palmisano, Malcolm R. Walter, David M. Ward, Kenneth M. Towe, Stefan Bengtson, Mikhail A. Fedonkin, Hans J. Hoffmann, Carol Mankiewicz, Bruce N. Runnegar, David J. Chapman, Walter M. Fitch, J. John Sepkoski, Jr.
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  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521367936

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  • The Proterozoic Biosphere is the first major study of the paleobiology of the Proterozoic Earth. It is a multidisciplinary work dealing with the evolution of the Earth, the environment, and life during the forty percent of Earth's history that extends from the middle of the Precambrian Eon (2500 Ma) to the beginning of the Paleozoic Era (550 Ma.). The Proterozoic Biosphere includes a vast amount of new data on Proterozoic organisms and their modern analogs. Prepared by the Precambrian Paleobiology Research Group, a multidisciplinary consortium of forty-one scientists from eight countries, this monograph will serve as a benchmark in the development of the science of the biochemistry and the organic chemistry of Proterozoic sediments. The three main goals of this study are: (1) to amass, evaluate, and synthesize the large body of paleobiologic data available from previous studies, eliminating mistakes so that future investigations will not be encumbered by them; (2) to generate new data and new analyses based on the reexamination of previous studies and on new investigations within an interdisciplinary framework; (3) to build toward the future by placing special emphasis on new or relatively neglected aspects of paleobiologic study and by highlighting major unsolved problems in the field.

    • Includes new data
    • A multidisciplinary study
    • Deals with the evolution of the Earth, the environment and life
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...has many merits. Without exception, the contributing authors are distinguished scientists whose interpretations warrant serious consideration. Annotated lists of published fossil occurrences and biogeochemical data, as well as an extensive bibliography, provide ready access to an extensive and often scattered literature." William Sims Bainbridge, Science

    "...will surely remain the standard reference of the period...." Leonard T. Boyer, Paleontological Notes

    "...documents the vast time interval of about 40 percent of the history of our globe...a conformed level of text and a uniform, easy-to-read prose style." Lynn Margulis, The Quarterly Review of Biology

    "...this monumental work will be an essential reference for any student of Proterozoic life, from advanced undergraduate to specialist." J. Hannibal, Choice

    "...contains a painstaking testing and development of numerous hypotheses...encyclopedic scope...is undoubtedly a benchmark." Ian J. Fairchild, Nature

    "...vast and wide-ranging...here are the experts, and here is the best general survey available of the evolution of life in nearly half the Earth's history...this book has been long needed, and will be a fundamental reference...a compulsory buy for any institution teaching Earth history." Euan Nisbet, New Scientist

    "...an important resource that should find its way into libraries. Anyone with a serious interest in the half of recorded Earth history encompassed by the Proterozoic Eon will want to consult it for data compilations, references, and skeletal discussions of life's evolutionary maturation." Andrew H. Knoll, Science

    "...an essential addition to the library of any geologist with an interest in the vanished Proterozoic world." Simon Conway Morris, Geology Magazine

    "...will surely remain the standard reference of the period...[a] magnificent work..." Leonard Boyer, NY Paleontological Society Notes

    "This is an impressive book of about 1348 pages, representing the work of 42 authors. It covers about 2000 million years of earth history from almost every aspect, including the structural and sedimentological evolution of the earth, biogeochemistry, microfossils, body fossils, trace fossils and palaeomagnetic models....[S]hould at least be on the shelf of every earth science library." T.P. Crimes, Geological Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521367936
    • dimensions: 277 x 211 x 84 mm
    • weight: 3.42kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Preface
    Part I:
    1. Geology and paleobiology of the Archean Earth
    2. Geological evolution of the Proterozoic Earth
    3. Proterozoic biochemistry
    4. Proterozoic atmosphere and ocean
    5. Proterozoic and selected early Cambrian microfossils: prokaryotes and protists
    6. Modern mat-building microbial communities: a key to the interpretation of Proterozoic stromatolitic communities
    7. Proterozoic and earliest Cambrian carbonaceous remains, trace and body fossils
    8. The Proterozoic-early Cambrian evolution of metaphytes and metazoans
    9. Molecular phylogenetics, molecular paleontologym and the Proterozoic fossil record
    10. Biostratigraphy and paleobiology of the Proterozoic
    11. Biotic diversity and rates of evolution during Proterozoic and earliest Phanerozoic time
    12. A paleogeographic model for Vendian and Cambrian time
    13. Evolution of the Proterozoic biosphere: benchmarks, tempo and mode
    Part II:
    14. Geographic and geologic data for PPRG rock samples
    15. Flow chart and processing procedures for rock samples
    16. Procedures of whole rock and kerogen analysis
    17. Abundances and isotopic compositions of carbon and sulphur species in whole rock and kerogen samples
    18. Procedures for analysis of extractable organic matter
    19. Composition of extractable organic matter
    20. Modern mat-building microbial communities: methods of investigation and supporting data
    21. Construction and use of geological, geochemical and paleobiological databases
    22. Proterozoic and selected early Cambrian microfossils and microfossil-like objects
    23. Described taxa of Proterozoic and selected earliest Cambrian Carbonaceous remains, trace and body fossils
    24. Atlas of representative Proterozoic microfossils
    25. Informal revised classifications of Proterozoic microfossils
    26. Models for Vendian-Cambrian biotic diversity and for Proterozoic atmospheric and ocean chemistry
    27. Glossary of technical terms
    References cited
    Subject index
    Index to geologic units
    Taxonomic index.

  • Editors

    J. William Schopf, University of California, Los Angeles

    Cornelis Klein, University of New Mexico

    Contributors

    J. William Schopf, Sherwood Chang, W. Gary Ernst, Heinrich D. Holland, James F. Kasting, Donald R. Lowe, Nicolas J. Beukes, John P. Grotzinger, Raymond V. Ingersoll, Joseph L. Kirschvink, Cornelis Klein, Ian B. Lambert, Ján Veizer, J. M. Hayes, David J. Des Marais, Harald Strauss, Roger E. Summons, Lee R. Kump, Carl V. Mendelson, John Bauld, Robert J. Horodyski, Jere H. Lipps, Toby B. Moore, Beverley K. Pierson, Richard W. Castenholz, Elisa D'Amelio, Jack D. Farmer, Bo Barker Jørgenson, Douglas C. Nelson, Anna C. Palmisano, Malcolm R. Walter, David M. Ward, Kenneth M. Towe, Stefan Bengtson, Mikhail A. Fedonkin, Hans J. Hoffmann, Carol Mankiewicz, Bruce N. Runnegar, David J. Chapman, Walter M. Fitch, J. John Sepkoski, Jr.

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