Evolution on planet earth : the impact of the physical environment / edited by Lynn J. Rothschild and Adrian M. Lister.Material type: TextPublication details: Amsterdam ; Boston : Academic Press, ©2003. Description: 1 online resource (xii, 438 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780080494852; 0080494854; 9786611012199; 6611012192Subject(s): Evolution (Biology) | Adaptation (Biologie) | Évolution (Biologie) | Terre -- Origines | Environnement | SCIENCE -- Life Sciences -- Evolution | Evolution (Biology) | Evolutietheorie | Fysische milieugeografie | Buitenaards levenGenre/Form: Electronic books. | Electronic books. Additional physical formats: Print version:: Evolution on planet earth.DDC classification: 576.8 LOC classification: QH366.2 | .E8618 2003ebOnline resources: Click here to access online
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Driving evolution forward, the Earth's physical environment has challenged the very survival of organisms and ecosystems throughout the ages. With a fresh new perspective, Evolution on Planet Earth shows how these physical realities and hurdles shaped the primary phases of life on the planet. The book's thorough coverage also includes chapters on more proximate factors and paleoenvironmental events that influenced the diversity of life. A team of notable ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and paleontologists join forces to describe drifting continents, extinction events, and climate change.
The Physical Setting for Early Life -- An Evolutionary Perspective of Nitrogen Fixation -- The Coupled Evolution of Life and Atmospheric Oxygen -- Chemistry of the Early Oceans -- The Role of Carbon Dioxide in Plant Evolution -- Solar Energy and Life -- Could Life Travel across Interplanetary Space? -- Genome Evolution and the Impact of the Physical Environment -- The Impact of Gravity on Life -- Gravity, the Atmosphere and the Evolution of Animal Locomotion -- Evolution and Low Temperatures -- Temperature, Tectonics, and Evolution -- The Interplay of Physical and Biotic Factors in Macroevolution -- The Causes of Phanerozoic Extinctions -- Drifting Continents and Life on Earth -- Land-Sea Relations and Speciation in the Marine and Terrestrial Realms -- Tectonics, Climatic Change, and the Evolution of Mammalian Ecosystems -- Ice Ages, Species Distributions, and Evolution -- Environmental Variability and Its Impace on Adaptive Evolution, with Special Reference to Human Origins -- The Younger Dryas, Climatic Change, and the Beginnings of Agriculture -- The Physical Constraints on Extraterrestrial Life.