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The Evolutionary Origins of Life and Death

Pierre M. Durand


The origins of life and cell death were the two most foundational events on which all other biological processes rest. This book provides the most up-to-date syntheses of why and how life and cell death originated. By integrating the information from diverse disciplines like philosophy, biochemistry, theoretical models, genomics, and other disciplines, a likely scenario for life’s origins is presented. The broad sketch suggests eight key evolutionary steps for the origin and evolution of life, long before cellular life as we understand it began. Soon after cells emerged, an active way of dying ... More

Keywords: origin of life, origin of death, programmed cell death, levels of selection, cooperation, altruism, kin selection, group selection, coevolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780226747620
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226747934.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pierre M. Durand, author