Evolution of Life

Fossils, Molecules, and Culture

  • Syozo Osawa
  • Tasuku Honjo

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Bio-Geo Interacting Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Philip D. Gingerich
      Pages 3-20
  3. Evolution of Biological Information

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Alan M. Weiner, Nancy Maizels
      Pages 51-66
    3. Motoo Kimura
      Pages 67-78
    4. Thomas H. Jukes, Syozo Osawa
      Pages 79-95
    5. Susumu Ohno
      Pages 97-108
    6. Leory Hood, Tim Hunkapiller
      Pages 123-143
    7. Tomoko Ohta
      Pages 145-159
    8. Masataka Mori, Tadashi Matsubasa, Yoshihiro Amaya, Masaki Takiguchi
      Pages 161-173
    9. Norihiro Okada, Mitsuko Aono, Hiroshi Endoh, Yukiharu Kido, Ryuta Koishi, Ken-Ichi Matsumoto et al.
      Pages 175-186
    10. Kanji Ohyama, Yutaka Ogura, Kenji Oda, Katsuyuki Yamato, Ehji Ohta, Yasukazu Nakamura et al.
      Pages 187-198
  4. Diversification of Organisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. William B. Provine
      Pages 201-214
    3. Paul H. Harvey
      Pages 215-228
    4. Thomas Cavalier-Smith
      Pages 271-304
    5. Hiroshi Hori, Yukio Satow, Isao Inoue, Mitsuo Chihara
      Pages 325-336
    6. Takashi Miyata, Naoyuki Iwabe, Kei-ichi Kuma, Yu-ichi Kawanishi, Masami Hasegawa, Hirohisa Kishino et al.
      Pages 337-351
  5. Human Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 361-361
    2. Phillip V. Tobias
      Pages 363-378
    3. Alan Walker
      Pages 379-389
    4. Shintaroh Ueda
      Pages 429-438
  6. Summary and Concluding Remarks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 451-451
    2. Sydney Brenner
      Pages 453-456
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 457-460

About this book


Nearly thirty million species of organisms are believed to now live on Earth. In addition to accumulating evidence from classical biology, paleontology and earth science, the recent progress of molecular biology has provided new insights into understanding how present-day organisms have evolved with such tremendous diversity. Molecular biological studies show us that all living forms, including E. coli and human beings, derive from a single ancestor that emerged some 4 billion years ago on Earth. This volume aims to discuss the motifs of organismic evolution from the viewpoints of biogeo-interactions and diversification of the genetic systems. Based on these fundamental understandings, the last section of this volume is devoted to human evolution that includes phylogeny of man as well as evolution of human culture. Such comprehensive discussion will give us a synthesized view of the evolution of life, that is undoubtedly one of the most important problems not only for science but also for human culture in general.     


adaptation biological biology earth evolution genetics human beings human evolution molecular biology paleontology phylogeny

Editors and affiliations

  • Syozo Osawa
    • 1
  • Tasuku Honjo
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiologyNagoya UniversityChikusa-ku, NagoyaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Medical ChemistryKyoto UniversitySakyo-ku, KyotoJapan

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