Prokaryotes and Evolution

  • Jean-Claude Bertrand
  • Philippe Normand
  • Bernard Ollivier
  • Télesphore Sime-Ngando

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Jean-Claude Bertrand, Pierre Caumette, Philippe Normand, Bernard Ollivier, Télesphore Sime-Ngando
    Pages 1-21
  3. Philippe Normand, Pierre Caumette
    Pages 23-55
  4. Bernard Ollivier, Nina Zeyen, Gregoire Gales, Keyron Hickman-Lewis, Frédéric Gaboyer, Karim Benzerara et al.
    Pages 57-129
  5. Jean-Claude Bertrand, Patricia Bonin, Bernard Ollivier, Karine Alain, Anne Godfroy, Nathalie Pradel et al.
    Pages 131-240
  6. Télesphore Sime-Ngando, Jean-Claude Bertrand, Didier Bogusz, Jean-François Brugère, Claudine Franche, Marie-Laure Fardeau et al.
    Pages 241-338
  7. Sébastien Wielgoss, Pierre Leblond, Catherine Masson-Boivin, Philippe Normand
    Pages 339-391
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 393-396

About this book


The purpose of this book is to show the essential and indispensable role of prokaryotes in the evolution of a living world. The evolutionary success of prokaryotes is explained together with their role in the evolution of the geosphere, the biosphere and its functioning, as well as their ability to colonize all biotopes, including the most extreme ones. We consider that all past and present living beings emerged from prokaryotes and have interacted with them. Forces and mechanisms presented in the various theories of evolution apply to prokaryotes. The major stages of their evolution and biodiversity are also described. Finally, it is emphasized that prokaryotes are living organisms that provide indisputable evidence of evolutionary processes. Many examples of ongoing evolution in prokaryotes, observable at the human scale, are provided.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jean-Claude Bertrand
    • 1
  • Philippe Normand
    • 2
  • Bernard Ollivier
    • 3
  • Télesphore Sime-Ngando
    • 4
  1. 1.Unité Mixte de Service, UMS 3470, OSU PythéasAix Marseille UniversitéMarseille CedexFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire d’Ecologie Microbienne, UMR 5557Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1VilleurbanneFrance
  3. 3.Aix Marseille Université, Université de Toulon, CNRS, IRD, MIO UM 110MarseilleFrance
  4. 4.Laboratoire “Microorganismes: Génome et Environnement” (LMGE), CNRS UMR 6023Université Clermont AuvergneClermont-FerrandFrance

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