Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution

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University of California Press, May 29, 1997 - Science - 300 pages
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Microcosmos brings together the remarkable discoveries of microbiology of the past two decades and the pioneering research of Dr. Margulis to create a vivid new picture of the world that is crucial to our understanding of the future of the planet. Addressed to general readers, the book provides a beautifully written view of evolution as a process based on interdependency and thei nterconnectedness of all life on the planet.
 

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Microcosmos: four billion years of evolution from our microbial ancestors

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Beginning with the chemistry of "minimal life,'' Margulis details the contributions of the microbial world to the evolution of life on our planet. Much of this book focuses on the role of symbiosis in ... Read full review

Contents

Foreword by Lewis Thomas 1986
9
Acknowledgments
25
The Future Supercosm
235
Notes
277
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Lynn Margulis is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Dorion Sagan is the author of Biospheres and coauthor, with Lynn Margulis, of What Is Life? (1996).

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