On the Origin of Life and Biodiversity

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About the author:
Mark Zamoyski received his BS in 1977 and MBA in 1978, both from Cornell University (Ag. & Life Sci. and JGSM, respectively). His scientific curiosity in the history of life on earth started several decades ago from fossils prevalent on one of the family properties in Arizona. In 2011, Mark set up specialized equipment to process the fossil collection and started evaluating the collection to understand the story it told. The result is this book.

On the Origin of Life and Biodiversity

Authored by Mark J. Zamoyski

Newly discovered fossils from a quarter billion years ago (the Permian period) provide a new narrative on how the transition from unicellular to multicellular life occurred.

The Permian period is known as the great dying, however it could equally well be called the great rebirth. The earth was rocked by several extinction pulses, and each extinction pulse was followed by a "quantum speciation" or rebirth of life event. The fossils presented in the book appear to be part of one such quantum speciation or rebirth event.

The whole body preservation of these fossils allows the specimens to be autopsied (sectioned), which in turn provides an anatomical roadmap of the transition from unicellular to multicellular life.

A subset of the fossils indicate that a hosted genetic reassortment process was responsible for this transition.

The book contains a fair amount of molecular biology, and is best suited for readers with a molecular biology or science background.

Representative examples of some of the specimens and science covered in the book can be viewed at www.paleolife.info to determine if you will be comfortable with the level of science presented.

Publication Date:
Feb 27 2014
1496036670 / 9781496036674
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Full Color
Related Categories:
Science / Life Sciences / Biology

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