Astrobiology: An Evolutionary Approach


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Astrobiology: An Evolutionary Approach (PDF) provides a full course in astrobiology with an emphasis on evolution and abiogenesis. The ebook presents astrobiology both as developing science and as the science of the future.

The origins of life and the possibility of life elsewhere continues to be a subject of scientific and philosophical examination. These topics evolve with time as our understanding of life itself and the laws of chemical and biological evolution evolve. Astrobiology: An Evolutionary Approach aims both to provide a foundation in astrobiology and to describe the most challenging questions and problems in the field.

The ebook begins with an overview of astrobiology; the origin of elements; and the formation of the planets; solar system; and exoplanets. Other topics covered include prebiotic synthesis of biochemical compounds; the transition from biotic to abiotic; microorganisms in space; the roles of silicon in life; encapsulation of organic materials in protocells; cold and dry limits of virolution; life; and more.

The contributors explore different aspects of astrobiology; reflecting the exciting journeys of their own research. This ebook will inspire college students to explore the endless possibilities in astrobiology. The ebook includes a glossary of terms; end-of-chapter questions; and recommended references; making it ideal for use as a classroom textbook.

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Vera M. Kolb


CRC Press; 1st edition




504 pages









Table of contents

Table of contents :
Content: Astrobiology: an overview / Aaron David Goldman —
Origin of elements and formation of solar system, planets and exoplanets / Ken Rice —
Astrobiology education and public outreach / Timothy F. Slater —
Analysis of extraterrestrial organic matter in Murchison meteorite: a progress report / Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin, Mourad Harir, Basem Kanawati, Régis Gougeon, Franco Moritz, Norbert Hertkorn, R. Sonny Clary, Istvan Gebefügi, and Zelimir Gabelica —
Prebiotic syntheses of biochemical compounds: an overview / Henderson James (Jim) Cleaves —
Biochemical pathways as evidence for prebiotic syntheses / Gene D. McDonald —
Roles of silicon in life on earth and elsewhere / Joseph B. Lambert and Senthil Andavan Gurusamy-Thangavelu —
Fossil records for early life on earth / David Wacey —
Prebiotic chemistry: in water and in the solid state / Vera M. Kolb —
Encapsulation of organic materials in protocells / Erica A. Frankel, Daniel C. Dewey, and Christine D. Keating —
Role of phosphorus in prebiotic chemistry / Matthew Pasek —
Cold and dry limits of life / Christopher P. McKay, Alfonso F. Davila, and Henry J. Sun —
Microorganisms in space / Gerda Horneck and Ralf Moeller —
Search for life on Mars: an astrogeological approach / Jesús Martínez-Frías —
Elusive definition of life: a survey of main ideas / Radu Popa —
Language and communication as universal requirements for life / Guenther Witzany —
Transition from abiotic to biotic: is there an algorithm for it? / Sara Imari Walker —
Extraterrestrial life: what are we looking for? / Dirk Schulze-Makuch, Louis N. Irwin, and Alberto G. Fairén —
Evolutionary approach to viruses in astrobiology / Matti Jalasvuori and Jaana K.H. Bamford —
Virolution can help us understand the origin of life / Luis P. Villarreal —
Can virolution help us understand recent human evolution? / Luis P. Villarreal

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