Schopf, J. William. Cradle of Life: The Discovery of Earth’s Earliest Fossils. Princeton Univ Press, ❍ Dick, Steven J. (ed.). Many worlds: the new universe. PDF | On Jan 1, , J. William Schopf and others published Cradle of Life: The Discovery of Earth’s Earliest Fossils. Buy a cheap copy of Cradle of Life book by J. William Schopf. What if U.S. history began in , and everything that happened before that year was shrouded in.

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See details for additional description. Skip to main content. William SchopfPaperback Be the first to write a review. William Schopf Lifd, Delivery US shipping is usually within 12 to 17 working craddle. William SchopfPaperback. Be the first to write a review. About this product Synopsis One of the greatest mysteries in reconstructing the history of life on Earth has been the apparent absence of fossils dating back more than million years.

We have long known that fossils of sophisticated marine life-forms existed at the dawn of the Cambrian Period, but until recently scientists had found no traces of Precambrian fossils. The quest to find such traces began in earnest in the mids and culminated in one dramatic moment in when William Schopf identified fossilized microorganisms three and a half “billion” years old. This startling find opened up a vast period of time–some eighty-five percent of Earth’s history–to new research and new ideas about life’s beginnings.


In this book, William Schopf, a pioneer of modern paleobiology, tells for the first time the exciting and fascinating story of the origins and earliest evolution of life and how that story has been unearthed.

Gracefully blending his personal lf of discovery with the basics needed to understand the astonishing science he describes, Schopf has produced an introduction to paleobiology for the interested reader as well as a primer for beginning students in the field. He considers such questions as how did primitive bacteria, pond scum, evolve into the complex life-forms found at the beginning of the Cambrian Period?

How do scientists identify ancient microbes and what do these tiny creatures tell us about the environment of the early Earth?

And, in a related chapter, Schopf discusses his role in craddle controversy that swirls around recent claims of fossils in the famed meteorite from Mars. Like all great teachers, Schopf teaches the non-specialist enough about his subject along the way that we can easily follow his descriptions of the geology, biology, and chemistry behind these discoveries. Anyone interested in the intriguing questions of the origins of life on Earth and how those origins have been discovered will find this story the best place to start.

This full story of the Triumph Xradle has been completely updated with 16 extra pages of text and photos, plus a comprehensive appendix giving exact specs and major part numbers for every year of production. Chronicles the Bonnevilles development year-by-year, including highly detailed mechanical and cosmetic changes, right down to the color schemes. How Did Life Begin?

Scopf Evidence of Early Evolution Chapter 7. Reviews “A book that bears out [Schopf’s] assertion that fo is enormously good fun!


A good introduction to the history of a science on the cutting edge. His explanation of the science behind his conclusions is clear, his approach is well organized. This is a marvelous, magnificent, scientific lofe. Alden, Cleveland Plain Dealer “What were your very earliest ancestors like? I do not mean your great-great-great-grandparents. I mean the earliest life on the planet.

In principle we all have a unique lineage of ancestors that runs all the way back to the origin of life. What was life like then–and is the supposed life on Mars our cousin? These are the problems palaeontologist Bill Schopf faces.

It has been a while since I read a book with so much good sense, put over in scohpf amicable a style.

If I ever were to discover my great-great-great grandparents I hope they turn out to be as wise as Schopf. Schopf also offers a number of insider nuggets. Hazen, Physics Today In the well-writtenCradle of Life, Schopf tells his own story of how Earth’s early crasle biosphere was discovered.

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