Earth System Evolution and Early Life: A Celebration of the Work of Martin Brasier

A. T. Brasier, D. McIlroy, N. McLoughlin

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This volume in memory of Professor Martin Brasier, which has many of his unfinished works, summarizes recent progress in some of the hottest topics in palaeobiology including cellular preservation of early microbial life and early evolution of macroscopic animal life, encompassing the Ediacara biota. The papers focus on how to decipher evidence for early life, which requires exceptional preservation, employment of state-of-the-art techniques and also an understanding gleaned from Phanerozoic lagerstätte and modern analogues. The papers also apply Martin's MOFAOTYOF principle (my oldest fossils are older than your oldest fossils), requiring an integrated approach to understanding fossils. The adoption of the null-hypothesis that all putative traces of life are abiotic until proven otherwise, and the consideration of putative fossils within their spatial context, characterized the work of Martin Brasier, as is well demonstrated by the papers in this volume.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherGeological Society, Specialist Publications
Number of pages424
ISBN (Print)9781786202796
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

Publication series

NameGeological Society, London, Special Publications
ISSN (Print)0305-8719
ISSN (Electronic)2041-4927


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