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McMenamin, Mark A.

Overview
Works: 40 works in 126 publications in 1 language and 6,870 library holdings
Genres: Popular works  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: QE724, 560.171
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Most widely held works by Mark A McMenamin
The garden of Ediacara : discovering the first complex life by Mark A McMenamin( )

12 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

During an expedition in Sonora, Mexico, paleontologist Mark A.S. McMenamin unearthed fossils of creatures dated at approximately 600 million years old -- making them the oldest large body fossils ever discovered. These circular fossils, known as Ediacarans, seemed to defy explanation. Representatives of marine life forms that existed in Precambrian times, as much as fifty million years before life on earth began to diversify rapidly, the specimens bore a superficial resemblance to jellyfish. A typical Ediacaran had a quilted body, three curving arms at the center, and a fringe of fine radial lines. McMenamin's curiosity was fueled by the puzzle of whether the Ediacarans were animals or some other type of organism. How could such complex forms of life appear so suddenly, without extensive records of prior evolution? Yet, this seems to be exactly what the Ediacarans had done. The Garden of Ediacarapresents a mesmerizing documentary of a major scientific discovery, detailing McMenamin's trip to Namibia, where, with a party that included the renowned paleontologist Adolf Seilacher, the author investigates a spectacular cast made from a colony of fossils in the Nama desert. He chronicles the long, often futile search made by earlier scientists for Ediacara, which began more than a century ago in Europe, North America, and Africa, and the various types of Ediacaran fossils that have been uncovered in the years since. McMenamin concludes that Ediacarans were not animals because they never passed through the ball-shaped embryonic stage peculiar to known animal life forms. But, remarkably, Ediacarans seem to have developed a central nervous system and a brain independent from animal evolution. This startling conclusion has profound implications for our understanding of evolutionary biology, for it indicates that the path toward intelligent life was embarked upon more than once on this planet
An English translation of Palaögeographie - Geologische geschichte der meere und festländer by Franz Kossmat (1924) = Paleogeography - geologic history of the seas and continents by Franz Kossmat( )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Franz Kossmat?s rare 1924 edition of Palaögeographie (Geologische Geschicte der Meere und Festländer) [Paleogeography (Geographic History of the Seas and Continents), to be published here in a bilingual edition] is a remarkable book that hosts an early encounter between classical geology and plate tectonic theory. Kossmat generates an interesting critique of Wegener?s continental drift model while providing some intriguing theories of his own regarding continental motion. More importantly, Kossmat documented the interplay between transgressive and regressive marine phases in a unique graphical
The emergence of animals : the Cambrian breakthrough by Mark A McMenamin( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the appearance of early life on Earth, specifically the emergence of animals at the Cambrian boundary, and the similarities between past and present ecosystems
Hypersea : life on land by Mark A McMenamin( Book )

8 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A bold step forward from Gaia, Hypersea is a new theory of how life moved from the sea to the harsher environment of land, and how on land life diversified more than marine life ever has. Presented now for the first time in a book, the concept of Hypersea will revolutionize the way we perceive and study life on Earth." "In the sea nutrients pass with relative ease between organisms. But when life first invaded land, it needed to evolve far more complex relationships to sustain itself - instead of accepting nutrients passively, land life was compelled to cooperatively direct the flow of nutrients. As a result, life on land displays an extraordinary degree of connectedness - to the point where it can be seen as one inclusive terrestrial land form. It is this intimately connected land form the authors call Hypersea." "Hypersea theory presses us to reconsider ourselves as functional parts of a greater life form. Indeed, the propensity for organisms to dwell within other organisms gives life on land an intricate nested quality not found in marine life." "The ground-breaking new paradigm of Hypersea will stimulate a range of research that matches the diversity of land life itself, prompting new insights into evolutionary biology, conservation science and management, paleontology, and medical science - from more effective malarial treatments to new perspectives for thinking about AIDS." "Enhanced by nearly one hundred illustrations, many of them never before published, Hypersea: Life on Land is an adventure for everyone who is curious about nature - scientists included. Mark and Dianna McMenamin invite us to look through the Hypersea lens, which offers a view that will alter forever the way we experience the living world."--Jacket
The biosphere by V. I Vernadskiĭ( Book )

14 editions published between 1997 and 2013 in English and held by 544 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"First published in 1926 but long neglected in the West, Vladimir I. Vernadsky's The Biosphere revolutionized our view of Earth." "Vernadsky teaches us that life has been the transforming geological force on our planet. He illuminates the difference between an inanimate, mineralogical view of Earth's history, and an endlessly dynamic picture of Earth as the domain and product of living matter to a degree still poorly understood. What Darwin did for life through time, Vernadsky did for all life through space." "With this milestone publication, the first English translation of the entire text, English-speaking readers can at last read one of the great classics of modern science in their own language. Mark A.S. McMenamin, Professor of Geology at Mount Holyoke College, has written extensive annotations to explain the structure of Vernadsky's arguments and their modern relevance. Jacques Grinevald, the world's leading authority on the idea of the biosphere, has provided an introduction that places the book in historical context."--Jacket
Upper Proterozoic and Cambrian rocks in the Caborca region, Sonora, Mexico : physical stratigraphy, biostratigraphy, paleocurrent studies, and regional relations by J. H Stewart( Book )

7 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 447 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geology by Mark A McMenamin( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to geology brings together illustrations and text to offer non-scientists an overview of the discipline, current research and trends, and critical issues and applications in everyday life
Hydrates of natural gas : a review of their geologic occurrence by Keith A Kvenvolden( )

4 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 393 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dynamic paleontology : using quantification and other tools to decipher the history of life by Mark A McMenamin( )

10 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using a series of case studies, the book demonstrates the power of dynamic analysis as applied to the fossil record. Written in an engaging and informative style, Dynamic Paleontology outlines the best application of quantitative and other tools to critical problems in the paleontological sciences including such topics as analysis of the Cambrian Explosion and the question regarding the presence of life on Mars. The book considers how we think about certain types questions and shows how we can refine our approach to analysis right from the beginning of any particular research effort. The analytical tools presented here will have wide application to other fields of knowledge; as such the book represents a major contribution to our deployment of modern scientific method
Deep time analysis : a coherent view of the history of life by Mark A McMenamin( )

9 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using a series of case studies, the book demonstrates the power of dynamic analysis as applied to the fossil record. The book considers how we think about certain types of paleontological questions and shows how to answer them. The analytical tools presented here will have wide application to other fields of knowledge; as such the book represents a major contribution to our deployment of modern scientific method as it builds on author's previous book, Dynamic Paleontology. Students and seasoned professionals alike will find this book to be of great utility for refining their approach to their ongoing and future research projects
Concepts of symbiogenesis : a historical and critical study of the research of Russian botanists by Lii︠a︡ Nikolaevna Khakhina( Book )

7 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 223 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Symbiogenesis, a term first coined by the Russian botanist K.S. Merezhkovsky in the late nineteenth century, is the evolution of new life forms from the physical union of different, once-independent partners. In this book Khakhina traces the development of the concept in Russian and Soviet scientific literature, reviewing the contributions of Merezhkovsky, A.S. Famintsyn, B.M. Kozo-Polyansky, and other prominent Russian scientists to theories of the role of symbiosis as a source of evolutionary information." "This book provides new information for English-speaking scientists. The evolutionary implications of symbiosis have only recently been acknowledged by western scientists, and the sophisticated analysis by Russian biologists described by Khakhina is largely unknown. Lynn Margulis and Mark McMenamin have written an introduction to Khakhina's book (Published in the Soviet Union in 1979). The appendix by Donna C. Mehos describes the American anatomist Ivan E. Wallin, whose theory of symbionticism - species origin by the acquisition of microbial symbionts - was definitively rejected by his peers. The book is essential for anyone wishing to understand a topic of overwhelming importance for evolutionary biology and the history of science."--Jacket
Memoirs of chemistry (1856) by C.J. Koene : a facing-page English translation of the French text Memoires de chimie by C. J Koene( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An English translation of Paléogéographie--Geologische geschichte der meere und festländer by Franz Kossmat( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science 101 : geology by Mark A McMenamin( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolution of the noösphere by Mark A McMenamin( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carthaginian cartography : a stylized exergue map by Mark A McMenamin( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in Undetermined and English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Emergence of Animals the Cambrian Breakthrough by Mark A McMenamin( )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discusses the appearance of early life on Earth, specifically the emergence of animals at the Cambrian boundary, and the similarities between past and present ecosystems
Upper Proterozoic and Cambrian rocks in the Caborca region, Sonora, Mexico by John Hall Stewart( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The emergence of animals : the Cambrian breakthrough
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The emergence of animals : the Cambrian breakthroughHypersea : life on landThe biosphereGeologyAn English translation of the chemical constitution of the atmosphere from Earth's origin to the present, and its implications for protection of industry and ensuring environmental quality by C.J. Koene (1856)Memoirs of chemistry (1856) by C.J. Koene : a facing-page English translation of the French text Memoires de chimieScience 101 : geology
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