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Main Title Life in deep time : Darwin's "missing" fossil record /
Author Schopf, J. William,
Publisher CRC Press,
Year Published 2019
Call Number QE22.S345A3 2018eb
ISBN 9780429427077; 0429427077; 9780429762895; 0429762895; 9780429762871; 0429762879; 9780429762888; 0429762887
Subjects Geologists--United States--Biography ; SCIENCE--Earth Sciences--Geography ; SCIENCE--Earth Sciences--Geology ; SCIENCE--Earth Sciences--General ; SCIENCE--Life Sciences--Evolution
Additional Subjects Schopf, J William,--1941-
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Contents Notes
When Darwin wrote his Origin of Species, one of his main concerns was with the perceived shortness of the fossil record of life. Until the work of J. William Schopf and his colleagues, much of this history was thought to be unknowable. This book, through a memoire of Schopf's personal recollections, documents astonishing discoveries revealing the first 85% of the history of life. These earliest periods of life on Earth emerge as a tale of individual and internationally collaborative exploration told by a scholar whose 60 years of research contributed to the recognition of the richness and diversity which forms the foundation of today's biodiversity. Key Features Documents, through personal narrative, a paradigm shift is the study of the earliest life Summarizes a fossil record largely unknown until relatively recently Addresses one of Darwin's most troubling concerns about his theory of natural selection Predicts future developments in the study of first life.