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How Life Began: Evolution's Three Geneses

Alexandre Meinesz


The origin of life is a hotly debated topic. The Christian Bible states that God created the heavens and the Earth, all in about seven days roughly six thousand years ago. This episode in Genesis departs markedly from scientific theories developed over the last two centuries, which hold that life appeared on Earth about 3.5 billion years ago in the form of bacteria, followed by unicellular organisms half a millennia later. It is this version of genesis that is explored in this tale of life's origins and evolution. It elucidates three origins, or geneses, of life—bacteria, nucleated cells, and ... More

Keywords: origin of life, natural selection, bacteria, unicellular organisms, evolution, nucleated cells, multicellular organisms, biodiversity, mutation, recombination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226519319
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226519333.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandre Meinesz, author