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Metazoans enter the stage

Alessandro Minelli

in Perspectives in Animal Phylogeny and Evolution

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780198566205
eISBN:
9780191713866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198566205.003.0003
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology, Evolutionary Biology / Genetics

Molecular phylogenetics places the animals firmly within the clade of the Opisthokonta, with the choanoflagellates as their most likely sister group. Choanoflagellates possess many of those ... More


PLANETARY EVOLUTION AND COMPARATIVE CLIMATOLOGY

I. M. Vardavas and F. W. Taylor

in Radiation and Climate

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780199227471
eISBN:
9780191711138
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199227471.003.0012
Subject:
Physics, Geophysics, Atmospheric and Environmental Physics

This chapter looks at climate change in the broader planetary sense. It examines evolutionary process in planetary atmospheres, with an application to the modelling of the evolution of the Earth's ... More


Granites: Petrology, Structure, Geological Setting, and Metallogeny

Anne Nédélec and Jean-Luc Bouchez

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198705611
eISBN:
9780191774515
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198705611.001.0001
Subject:
Physics, Geophysics, Atmospheric and Environmental Physics

Granites are emblematic rocks developed from a magma that crystallized in the Earth’s crust. They ultimately outcrop at the surface worldwide. This book, translated and updated from the original ... More


Historical Processes That Shaped California

Kristina A. Schierenbeck

in Phylogeography of California

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780520278875
eISBN:
9780520959248
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520278875.003.0002
Subject:
Environmental Science, Nature

The geological history of California provides the basis for its present geological complexity. The position of California along the continental margin gives a physical context that began when the ... More


When did eukaryotes evolve?

Tim Lenton and Andrew Watson

in Revolutions that made the Earth

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
December 2013
ISBN:
9780199587049
eISBN:
9780191775031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587049.003.0012
Subject:
Physics, Geophysics, Atmospheric and Environmental Physics

This chapter discusses the three main techniques for recognising when eukaryotes first appeared. Each technique, however, gives different answers, with its own set of problems. The most obvious ... More


Reg Sprigg and the Discovery of the Ediacara Fauna in South Australia: Its Approach to the High Table

Susan Turner and David Oldroyd

in The Paleobiological Revolution: Essays on the Growth of Modern Paleontology

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226748610
eISBN:
9780226748597
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.003.0014
Subject:
Biology, Paleontology: Biology

This chapter describes Australian paleontologist Reginald Sprigg's discovery of the famous Ediacaran fauna in 1946. It argues that Sprigg's discovery helped pave the way for Precambrian paleobiology ... More


Emergence of Precambrian Paleobiology: A New Field of Science

J. William Schopf

in The Paleobiological Revolution: Essays on the Growth of Modern Paleontology

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226748610
eISBN:
9780226748597
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226748597.003.0006
Subject:
Biology, Paleontology: Biology

This chapter discusses the author's own personal experience in witnessing the growth of Precambrian paleobiology. It relates how the assumptions accepted by early workers influenced the development ... More


The Biography of the Earth: The Precambrian Story

Elisabeth Ervin-Blankenheim

in Song of the Earth: Understanding Geology and Why It Matters

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
November 2021
ISBN:
9780197502464
eISBN:
9780197502495
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197502464.003.0009
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Historical Geology

The way the planet has changed through geologic time, and life on it, the account of the Earth, is the topic of this and the next three chapters, starting in this chapter with the Precambrian ... More


Poles Apart

Roy Livermore

in The Tectonic Plates are Moving!

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
April 2018
ISBN:
9780198717867
eISBN:
9780191860492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198717867.003.0004
Subject:
Physics, Geophysics, Atmospheric and Environmental Physics, History of Physics

In just a few years, the magnetic bar-code secreted beneath the world’s oceans had provided detailed intelligence on the motions of the plates. When combined with other data from the sea floor, this ... More


Precambrian granitic rocks

Anne Nédélec and Jean-Luc Bouchez

in Granites: Petrology, Structure, Geological Setting, and Metallogeny

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780198705611
eISBN:
9780191774515
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198705611.003.0013
Subject:
Physics, Geophysics, Atmospheric and Environmental Physics

Granitic rocks represent the dominant part of the Precambrian continental crust and have characters different from younger granites. Methods for and the significance of age determinations are briefly ... More


The Birth of the Earth

Gerrit L. Verschuur

in Impact!: The Threat of Comets and Asteroids

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195101058
eISBN:
9780197561232
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195101058.003.0008
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Geophysics: Earth Sciences

As we apprehend the likelihood of an almost inconceivable cosmic impact occurring again at some time in the future, it is worth considering how we got to be here in the first place. The quest for ... More


Hell and Black Smokers

David Rickard

in Pyrite: A Natural History of Fool's Gold

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780190203672
eISBN:
9780197559482
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190203672.003.0009
Subject:
Chemistry, Mineralogy and Gems

Most of the important metal ores in medieval and ancient times were pyrite-rich sulfides. These pyrite-rich ores were a major source of a suite of valuable commodities such as sulfur, arsenic, ... More


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