Evolution Of The Biosphere – Kamshilov

In this post, we will see the book Evolution Of The Biosphere by M. M. Kamshilov.

About the book

A book for the general reader with an interest in science and defence of the environment. Deals with problems of the evolution of the biosphere, its origin and feature organization of the substratum of life, factors and patterns in the evolution of the biosphere, and the interrelations of the biosphere and human society. The first two chapters are concerned with the origin of the biosphere and its stages of development; the third and fourth chapters describe its modern features and parts. The fifth and sixth chapters are devoted to the problems ot the main laws and patterns of the evolution of the biosphere. And the last chapter deals with the problems of the interaction of man and the biosphere.
 Prof. Mikhail KAMSHILOV, D.Sc., heads the laboratory of lower orga­nisms biology of the Institute of Biology of Inland Waters of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR.
 He is a specialist in animal genetics and hydrobiology, author of more than 150 published works, among them The Significance of Interrelation­ship of Organisms in Evolution, The Biological Circulation, and many others.

The book was translated from Russian by Minna Brodskaya and was published in 1976 by Mir Publishers.

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Contents

Cosmic and Planetary Preconditions for the Evolution of Life | Development of Life from the Archean Era to the Present | The Present Biosphere | Substratum of Life | Factors of the Biosphere Evolution | The Regularities of the Biosphere Evolution Neogenesis

Preface

Chapter 1. COSMIC AND PLANETARY PRECONDITIONS FOR THE EVOLUTION OF LIFE 13

From dogma on the spontaneous generation of life to a scientific theory of its origin 13
Formation of the chemical elements 15
Chaos, organization, information 17
Planetary preconditions for the development of life 25
From heavy atoms to molecules of the organic substance 33
The origin of the biotic circulation 36
Prebiological systems — coacervates 44

Chapter 2. DEVELOPMENT OF LIFE FROM THE ARCHEAN ERA TO THE PRESENT 49

Initial steps of life 49
Life accumulates strength Shekels 50
First results 73
Life as a form of differentiation of matter 75

Chapter 3. THE PRESENT BIOSPHERE 78

The number of species 78
Biomass 81
The biotic circulation 82
Organization of the biosphere 88

Chapter 4. SUBSTRATUM OF LIFE 98

Cell 100
Preformed epigenesis 118
Nucleus or cytoplasm 121
Epigenesis of preformed entities 124
Phenotype and genotype 129
Paradox of individual development 135

Chapter 5. FACTORS OF THE BIOSPHERE EVOLUTION 140

Categories of intraspecific variability 142
Microevolution 143
The phenotypic form of hereditary variation 148

Chapter 6. THE REGULARITIES OF THE BIOSPHERE EVOLUTION 191

The structure of life 191
Non-uniformity of the evolution 195
The unity of the life substratum 197
The motive forces and the adaptive form of the evolutionary process 19
Conditions of formbuilding 205
Life and the second principle of thermodynamics 218

Chapter 7. NOOGENESIS 227

Food 227
Water 228
Air 229
Minerals 231
Plants and animals 232
Man 233
Where is the way out? 235
From biogenesis to noogenesis 239
Noogenics 242

Conclusion 252
Bibliography 256
Name Index 264
Subject Index 267

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