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Schopf, J. William 1941-

Works: 91 works in 218 publications in 6 languages and 8,203 library holdings
Genres: Conference papers and proceedings  Biographies  Autobiographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Composer, Commentator
Classifications: QH325, 576.83
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Most widely held works by J. William Schopf
Life's origin : the beginnings of biological evolution by J. William Schopf( )

16 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 2,372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life's Origin takes us on an expansive tour of life's beginnings from the formation, literally billions of years ago, of a small cluster of life-generating chemical elements. The book explains the nonbiologic accumulation in the primordial oceans of small, simple, organic compounds; the linking of these into larger, more complicated molecules; the rise of gene-carrying chemicals; and finally, the advent of living cells more than 3.5 billion years ago. Presented in nontechnical language and including a valuable glossary of scientific terms, Life's Origin gives a state-of-the-art encapsulation of the fascinating work now being done as scientists begin to characterize life as the outcome of the evolution of cosmic matter. Book jacket
Cradle of life : the discovery of earth's earliest fossils by J. William Schopf( Book )

22 editions published between 1998 and 2006 in 5 languages and held by 1,360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the greatest mysteries in reconstructing the history of life on Earth has been the apparent absence of fossils dating back more than 550 million years. We have long known that fossils of sophisticated marine life-forms existed at the dawn of the Cambrian Period, but until recently scientists had found no traces of Precambrian fossils. The quest to find such traces began in earnest in the mid-1960s and culminated in one dramatic moment in 1993 when William Schopf identified fossilized microorganisms three and a half billion years old. This startling find opened up a vast period of time - some eighty-five percent of Earth's history - to new research and new ideas about life's beginnings. In this book, William Schopf, a pioneer of modern paleobiology, tells for the first time the exciting and fascinating story of the origins and earliest evolution of life and how that story has been unearthed."--Jacket
The origin and evolution of intelligence by Arnold B Scheibel( )

3 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Earth's earliest biosphere : its origin and evolution( Book )

14 editions published in 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 783 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Evolution! : facts and fallacies( Book )

10 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 682 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The proceedings of the March 1997 symposium on Evolution! Facts and Fallacies are published in this short, illustrated text. When Darwin originated his concept of descent with modification by means of natural selection, evolution became the instant focus of uncertainty and debate. In Evolution! noted experts sort facts from fallacies by answering questions most often asked of Darwin's grand theory. Contributors are key experts on evolution and extraterrestrial life. - Publisher
Evolution and the molecular revolution( )

11 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book makes available the proceedings of a symposium entitled "Evolution and the Molecular Revolution" held at the University of California, Los Angeles in October 1994. Convened by the UCLA Center for the Study of Evolution and the Origins of Life (CSEOL), the symposium presented an overview of our current understanding of the evolutionary process and demonstrated, through a selection of in-depth examples, some of the most exciting advances that molecular biology brings to the study of evolution. This book is especially designed for first- or second-year college courses on evolution."--BOOK JACKET
Major events in the history of life( Book )

9 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These six chapters, which were originally presented as lectures, fall halfway between a textbook and a conference proceedings. They might best serve as recommended readings or a course reference, as the lack of connection or continuity among the chapters nearly precludes light reading. Each topic is presented by a world-renowned expert, but intentionally circumscribed, and thus many important questions are not covered. Rather than aiming for completeness, the focus is on "major events": the chemical synthesis of organic molecules as a prelude to life; the world's oldest fossils and the development of atmosphere and cells; the evolution of the earliest animals and land plants; an overview of vertebrate evolutionary stages (without much on mammals); and the origin and evolution of humans. Each chapter is well written and well illustrated, with full references, but styles vary between semitechnical and pedagogical. A good reference work for larger science collections. Advanced undergraduate. E. Delson; Herbert H. Lehman College, CUNY--Choice review
The Proterozoic biosphere : a multidisciplinary study( Book )

20 editions published between 1992 and 2011 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a paperback reprint of the original. First published in 1992, "The Proterozoic Biosphere" was the first major study of the paleobiology of the Proterozoic Earth. It is a multidisciplinary work dealing with the evolution of the Earth, the environment and life during the forty percent of Earth's history that extends from the middle of the Precambrian eon (2500 Ma) to the beginning of the Paleozoic era (550 Ma). The book includes a vast amount of data on Proterozoic organisms and their analogs. Prepared by the Precambrian Paleobiology Research Group, a multidisciplinary consortium of forty-one scientists from eight countries, this monograph was a benchmark in the development of the science of the biochemistry and the organic chemistry of Proterozoic sediments. The study aimed to generate data and analyses based on the re-examination of previous studies and on newer investigations and to build towards the future by placing special emphasis on neglected aspects of paleobiologic study and unsolved problems in the field
Creative evolution?!( Book )

5 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Molecular evolution and the fossil record( Book )

6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Life in deep time : Darwin's "missing" fossil record by J. William Schopf( )

5 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"When Darwin wrote his Origin of Species, one of his main concerns was with the perceived shortness of the fossil record of life. Until the work of J. William Schopf and his colleagues, much of this history was thought to be unknowable. This book, through a memoire of Schopf's personal recollections, documents astonishing discoveries revealing the first 85% of the history of life. These earliest periods of life on Earth emerge as a tale of individual and internationally collaborative exploration told by a scholar whose 60 years of research contributed to the recognition of the richness and diversity which forms the foundation of today's biodiversity. Key Features: Documents, through personal narrative, a paradigm shift is the study of the earliest life; Summarizes a fossil record largely unknown until relatively recently; Addresses one of Darwin's most troubling concerns about his theory of natural selection Predicts future developments in the study of first life" -- From the publisher
D. Io. Davidis Schoepf ... Materia medica americana potissimum regni vegetabilis by J. William Schopf( )

1 edition published in 1787 in Undetermined and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Antisemitische, zu deutsch judenhetzerische Bestrebungen in der Saison-Stadt Salzburg!!! : Grandverwunderung by J. William Schopf( Book )

3 editions published in 1888 in German and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The primitive earth revisited : a symposium by 3rd, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1979 Primitive Earth Revisited Symposium( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Origins of life : a survey of the evolution of living organisms( Recording )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dr. J. William Schopf chronicles the major evolutionary events which took place over the three and a half billion years leading to the emergence of homo sapiens
World Summit on Ancient Microscopic Fossils by World Summit on Ancient Microscopic Fossils( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Papers by Symposium on Major Evolutionary Events and the Geological Record of Plants( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Precambrian development of an oxygenic atmosphere by Geological Survey (U.S.)( Book )

1 edition published in 1981 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offener Brief eines gebornen alten Salzburgers( Book )

2 editions published in 1888 in German and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Punctuated evolution : the slender thread of life by Brown Symposium( Visual )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Life's origin : the beginnings of biological evolution
Cradle of life : the discovery of earth's earliest fossilsThe origin and evolution of intelligenceEvolution! : facts and fallaciesEvolution and the molecular revolutionThe Proterozoic biosphere : a multidisciplinary studyCreative evolution?!
Alternative Names
J. William Schopf American paleobiologist

J. William Schopf Amerikaans botanicus

J. William Schopf paleontolog amerykański

J. William Schopf US-amerikanischer Paläontologe

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