Microcosmos tells the story of life on Earth from its origins down to the present, with a focus on what Stephen Jay Gould calls “the modal bacter”, on the central. MICROCOSMOS Four Billion Years of Evolution from Our Microbial Ancestors. Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan. Summit Books, New York, pp., illus. Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Evolution from Our Microbial Ancestors. Lynn Margulis, Author Summit Books $ (p) ISBN
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One weakness of the book is the final couple of chapters. You don’t have to remember your high school science to understand the gist of this book, but it will certainly help if you do. I love the concepts of cooperation and non-competition in the grand scheme of evolution.
Here they make a few quite egregious errors, such as “all primates today except ourselves are vegetarians or insectivores”, and in general their account appears to have been cribbed from popular works on the subject. All in all, a great new addition to my favourites shelf. May 16, Dave rated it magrulis liked it Shelves: While I think there is potential with that argument, it just didn’t fit with the rest of the book and dragged on for too long.
There is far more to it than the few items I have singled out above. John Forman rated it really liked it May 26, For example, the authors espouse the theory of Sonea and Panisset that genetic exchange among bacteria is so pervasive and complete that all prokaryotes constitute “a unique, complex type of clone, composed of highly differentiated specialized cells”-in other words, a superorganism.
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Despite that, it was a fantastic read. Margulis is kind of a crazy bitch, but this book reflects her better more sane? The authors make an excellent job at taking ideas from many different thinkers and scientists Lovelock, Darwin, von Neumann, Dawkins Sep 01, Ellen is currently reading it.
Homo sapiens fares poorly in Microcosmos. This book, like several of the others she’s written, is about how evolution may have favored symbiotic relationships between individual cells and led, ultimately, to us and other vastly complex cellular madgulis.
Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution 4. Collectively, they constitute a coherent world view that stands in sharp contrast to conventional wisdom about our planet and its biota. Published May 29th by University of California Press first published Fortunately, the biosphere is robust, so that life on Earth will continue de spite our predilection for self-destruction.
Addressed to general readers, the book provides a beautifully written view of evolution as a process based on interdependency a Microcosmos brings together the remarkable discoveries of microbiology of the past two decades and the pioneering research of Dr.
On the whole, however, this section is less critically informed than that on early evolution, and theory occasionally receives support from debatable facts. Oct 24, Jenny Wehinger rated it it was amazing. We are intimately involved with the microbial world, from the moment the sperm cell with its flagellum likely inherited from spirochetes, according to Margulis punctures the egg—to when we rejoin the earth and are consumed by and reissued from, microbes.
She has authored provocative hypotheses on such disparate topics as the origins of life, the eukaryotic cell, sex and multicellularity and has championed novel ideas concerning bacterial evolution and the biological regulation of Earth surface environments.
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In short, Microcosmos provides one way of looking at the world, but not the mkcrocosmos one, and perhaps not one that most biologists will find congenial. Muhamd rated it it was amazing Sep 11, Deeply fascinating description of evolution as symbiosis, rather than Darwinian mutation, i.
Jan 19, M rated it really liked it. It is hard to argue with the enthusiasm of the authors, who write that “life on earth is such a good story you can’t afford to miss the beginning.
Lynn Margulis nos presenta una hermosa y amena lectura acerca de la vida en la Tierra desde un punto de vista novedoso: One of those mind-bending books that make you rethink many things about yourself, about the world Thanks for telling us about the problem.
For example, Margulis and Sagan note that “it may not be a coincidence that the first mammals. Lynn Margulis and Dorion Sagan.
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I’ve spent most of the past decade studying Pre-cambrian rocks and microfossils, yet Margulis and Sagan’s evocative account of the early Earth is so fresh and beautifully constructed that in reading it I felt the excitement of entering a new world. Microcosmos brings together the remarkable discoveries of microbiology of the past two decades and the pioneering research of Dr.
Only after the biochemistry problems were solved did multi-cellular life forms like plants and animals evolve. Apr 24, Tim rated it liked it Shelves: May 12, Keygan rated it really liked it.
There isn’t much commercial demand for this so he’s worked a variety of jobs, some in sound engineering, some in programming, some in the academy. Ortiz margilis it it was amazing.
Margulis writes like an asshat scientist. For the past 20 years, Lynn Margulis has been an important intellectual force in the fields of evolutionary biology mictocosmos Earth history. Life has existed on Earth for nearly 4 billion years.
Sep 22, Julene rated it really liked it. Microcosmos inspired in me a real awe for the complexity and the durability of this small world. Aug 14, Glenn rated it really liked it. So I had mixed feelings about Microcosmos. Microcosmos tells the story of life on Earth from its origins down to the present, with a focus on what Stephen Jay Gould calls “the modal bacter”, on the central role played by bacteria mmicrocosmos other microbes.
Not only were they the only organisms on Earth for most of its ltnn they are the organisms in which virtually all major metabolic pathways evolved and they remain the crucial intermediates in biogeochemical cycles.
Summit Books, New York,