Fungal Biology in the Origin and Emergence of Life

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    The rhythm of life on Earth includes several strong themes contributed by Kingdom Fungi. So why are fungi ignored when theorists ponder the origin of life? Casting aside common theories that life originated in an oceanic primeval soup, in a deep, hot place, or even a warm little pond, this is a mycological perspective on the emergence of life on Earth. The author traces the crucial role played by the first biofilms - products of aerosols, storms, volcanic plumes and rainout from a turbulent atmosphere - which formed in volcanic caves 4 billion years ago. Moore describes how these biofilms contributed to the formation of the first prokaryotic cells, and later, unicellular stem eukaryotes, highlighting the role of the fungal grade of organisation in the evolution of higher organisms. Based on the latest research, this is a unique account of the origin of life and its evolutionary diversity to the present day.

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    Number of Pages: 236
    Format(s): Paperback - ISBN: 9781107652774
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    Listed in: Evolution, Developmental biology, Mycology, fungi (non-medical)
    Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS

    Books by David Moore

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