The Origins of Life: From the Birth of Life to the Origin of Language

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OUP Oxford, Mar 16, 2000 - Science - 192 pages
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In this fascinating book, John Maynard Smith and Eors Szathmary present an original picture of evolution. They propose that during evolution there have been a number of major transitions in the way in which information is passed between generations. These transitions include the appearance of the first replicating molecules, the emergence of co-operative animal societies, and the unique language ability of humans. Containing many new ideas, this book is contemporary biology on the grandest scale, from the birth of life to the origin of language.

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The major transitions
From chemistry to heredity
From the RNA world to the modern world
From heredity to simple cells
The origin of eukaryotic cells
The origin of
Genetic conflict
The evolution of manycelled organisms
Animal societies
From animal societies to human societies
The origin of language
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