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The Proterozoic Biosphere A Multidisciplinary Study

by J. William Schopf

The Proterozoic Biosphere A Multidisciplinary Study Synopsis

First published in 1992, The Proterozoic Biosphere was 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 book includes a vast amount of data on Proterozoic organisms and their analogs. Prepared by the Precambrian Paleobiology Research Group, a multidisciplinary consortium of forty-one scientists from eight countries, this monograph was a benchmark in the development of the science of the biochemistry and the organic chemistry of Proterozoic sediments. The study aimed to generate data and analyses based on the re-examination of previous studies and on newer investigations and to build towards the future by placing special emphasis on neglected aspects of paleobiologic study and unsolved problems in the field.

The Proterozoic Biosphere A Multidisciplinary Study Press Reviews

Review of the hardback: ' ... a fundamental reference for all work on the Proterozoic ... a compulsory buy for any institution teaching Earth history.' Euan Nisbet, New Scientist Review of the hardback: ' ... most of the contributions are short and to the point ... must be considered a landmark in Precambrian geology, and a major achievement that so many outstanding scientists were organized into producing a volume that encompasses a large subject area and includes a significant contribution of new data.' Palaeo Review of the hardback: ' ... the section on Proterozoic biogeochemistry will doubtless serve as a reference point for future studies of carbon and sulphur isotopes, as well as biomarker analysis and interpretation ... this volume will surely stimulate research initiatives and serve as a key reference source for anyone interested in pursuing a more detailed understanding of the numerous topics presented.' Palaeo ...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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521367936
Publication date: 3rd March 2011
Author: J. William Schopf
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 1374 pages
Categories: Palaeontology,

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