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Hypersea: Life on Land Hardcover – April 15, 1994

ISBN-13: 978-0231075305 ISBN-10: 0231075308 Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press; First Edition edition (April 15, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231075308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231075305
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.2 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,706,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors (The Emergence of Animals: The Cambrian Breakthrough, Columbia Univ. Pr., 1990) claim that an association exists among terrestrial organisms to the extent that their body fluids commingle and that this connectedness forms a sea through which other organisms (symbionts) and nutrients can move. Authoritative, up-to-date research results are recounted from the areas of paleontology, ecology, physiology, embryology, and evolution to corroborate this radical vision of life. A convincingly clear and upbeat style drives home "hypersea" as both a proposed scientific theory with testable hypotheses and a philosophical viewpoint providing a novel perspective on our living world. Continuing in the symbiogenetics vein of Lynn Margulis and Dorian Sagan's Microcosmos (LJ 1/3/87), this book will spur controversy and is essential reading for the science buff as well as the specialist. Highly recommended.
Frank Reiser, Nassau Community Coll., Garden City, N.Y.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This isn't just another scientific survey of life's movement from sea to land: it provides a different interpretation of how live has evolved from calm to harsher environments, considering life's need to evolve more complex relationships in order to sustain itself beyond its simple beginnings. The advanced and detailed science within lends to college-level reading. -- Midwest Book Review

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Howard Schneider on November 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book shows how complex lifeforms came onto the land from the sea. Hypersea does not include bacteria already living on the land, but is defined by the authors as the sum total of plant, animal, protoctistan and fungal terrestrial-based life. The challenges of living on land are discussed in detail - the need to retain water within, the difficulty extracting crucial nutrients, locomotion out of the water, etc. The importance of the fungi in extracting and delivering nutrients to plants, in return for carbohydrates produced by the plants, is considered, and a picture of the interconnectedness of terrestrial lifeforms emerges.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Keirsey on October 10, 2000
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Ok, for those not up on their biology or the Gaia hypothesis, it might be difficult to get through, but Hypersea is well written and fascinating for those interested in knowing how life has and will continue to evolve in more complex ways. An extremely important addition to the Gaia hypothesis. You will never see the world in the same way again.
The Hypersea and Gaia hypotheses are the only two clearly defined scientific theories that have been put forth to give us some answers to questions not asked by most of biology.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Eichen on November 16, 2013
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Attention! HyperseaMen, there's a fungus amungust! I can feel speciation, even now, forming, combining my parasites and my fungi, and all within the part of me that's hypersea. Truly amazing! Call out the HyperMarines! The only thing we have to fear is the symbiont of Shonisaurus and the Triassic Kraken, which I call Krakasaurus. Does this make sense? No! Ignore the preceding but read this book!
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