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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Lynn Margulis + Dorion Sagan

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Deeply fascinating description of evolution as symbiosis, rather than Darwinian mutation, i. This is an amazing story, and one that was just becoming understood when I took biology in high school in the late s. Preview — Margulie by Lynn Margulis.

The authors make an excellent job at taking ideas from many different thinkers and scientists Lovelock, Darwin, von Neumann, Dawkins There isn’t much commercial demand for this so he’s worked a variety of jobs, some in sound engineering, some margulie programming, some in the academy. Nice book, but, unfortunately, some of it is a little out of date now. Apr 24, Tim rated it liked it Shelves: To nicrocosmos what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

While it should be read with a critical eye, however, and I would hesitate to recommend it to a complete newcomer to evolutionary biology, it is nevertheless most enjoyable and informative. September External links: That preface suggests that this was intended to counter ecological arrogance and to balance human-centric ways of looking at the world.


Mar 08, Skylar rated it really liked it Shelves: We are but an evolutionary pup, whose capacity even for pollution is dwarfed by that of Archean microorganisms.

Since it is a book written toward a non- Microcosmos inspired in me a real awe for the complexity and the durability of this small world. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Want to Read saving…. Collectively, they constitute a coherent world view that stands in sharp contrast to conventional wisdom about our planet marhulis its biota.

Microcosmos: Four Billion Years of Microbial Evolution by Lynn Margulis

Lynn Margulis takes you to the realm of microscopic life, and offers a view margukis evolution trough cooperation. No trivia or quizzes yet. But do read it. Eventually, the bacteria had developed and evolved almost all the basic biochemical reactions that drive all forms of life on Earth today.

In the process, they completely changed the Earth, polluting the atmosphere with oxygen that later became a key element for later generations of bacteria. Yahya Selem rated it liked it Dec 07, Eukaryotic cells are viewed as tightly integrated bacterial assemblages, plants and animals as assemblages of assemblages.

Feb 25, Natalia Fredes rated it it margluis amazing. Homo sapiens fares poorly in Microcosmos. In some places, however, Microcosmos borders on outright mysticism, with a confusion of levels of understanding: Addressed to general readers, the book provides a beautifully written view of evolution as a process based on interdependency and the interconnectedness of all life on the planet. I’m hot for microbes! It is hard to argue with the enthusiasm of the authors, who write jicrocosmos “life on earth is such a good story you can’t afford to miss the beginning.


Microcosmos is an entertaining and enlightening, if sometimes exasperating, introduction to the ideas of one of our generation’s most innovative and challenging thinkers.

Life has existed on Earth for nearly 4 billion years. I’ll hit it again later At some points the arguments seem to get a bit too far, a bit too speculativ One of those mind-bending books that make you rethink many things about yourself, about the world These alternative hypotheses can be tested, and it is only fair microcosmoe point out that the margilis wisdom in all cases enjoys empirical support equal to or greater than that marshaled by Margulis and Sagan in defense of their preferred theories.