Earliest Life on Earth: Habitats, Environments and Methods of Detection

  • Suzanne D. Golding
  • Miryam Glikson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. SUBMARINE HOT SPRINGS AND VENTING ENVIRONMENTS - CRADLE OF LIFE

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Miryam Glikson, Suzanne D. Golding
      Pages 1-11
    3. Suzanne D. Golding, Lawrence J. Duck, Elisa Young, Kim A. Baublys, Miryam Glikson, Balz S. Kamber
      Pages 15-49
    4. Lynda B. Williams, John R. Holloway, Brandon Canfield, Christopher R. Glein, Jeffrey M. Dick, Hilairy E. Hartnett et al.
      Pages 79-112
  3. EVIDENCE AND RECORD OF EARLIEST LIFE ON EARTH

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Martin D. Brasier
      Pages 115-125
    3. Gregory E. Webb, Balz S. Kamber
      Pages 127-170
    4. Daniele L. Pinti, Ko Hashizume
      Pages 183-205
  4. Distinguishing Biological From Abiotically Synthesized Organic Matter in the Early Archean

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 313-316

About this book

Introduction

This volume integrates the latest findings on earliest life forms, identified and characterised in some of the oldest rocks on Earth. New material from prominent researchers in the field is presented and evaluated in the context of previous work. Emphasis is placed on the integration of analytical methods with observational techniques and experimental simulations. The opening section focuses on submarine hot springs that the majority of researchers postulates served as the cradle of life on Earth. In subsequent sections, evidence for life in strongly metamorphosed rocks such as those in Greenland is evaluated and early ecosystems identified in the well preserved Barberton and Pilbara successions in Southern Africa and Western Australia. The final section includes a number of contributions from authors with alternate perspectives on the evidence and record of early life on Earth.

Audience
This volume will be valuable to researchers and graduate students in biogeosciences, geochemistry, paleontology and geology interested in the origin of life on earth.

Keywords

Archaean Carbonaceous matter characterisation Chemoautotroph Oldest life forms Seafloor hydrothermal systems

Editors and affiliations

  • Suzanne D. Golding
    • 1
  • Miryam Glikson
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Earth SciencesUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.PalmwoodsAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-8794-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-8793-5
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-8794-2
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