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On the Origin of Life and Biodiversity Paperback – February 27, 2014

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ISBN-13: 978-1496036674 ISBN-10: 1496036670

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Mark Zamoyski received his BS in 1977 and MBA in 1978, both from Cornell University (Ag. & Life Sci. and JGSM, respectively). His scientific curiosity in the history of life on earth started several decades ago from fossils prevalent on one of the family properties in Arizona. In 2011, Mark set up specialized equipment to process the fossil collection and started evaluating the collection to understand the story it told. The result is this book.
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  • Paperback: 106 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496036670
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496036674
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,686,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. M. K. on April 23, 2014
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Great fossil photos and illustrations. As a scientist and a doctor, I appreciate the science presented, as it pushes new ground and makes sense. I can't find any holes in it. The science may be a bit much for the casual reader, but the rest is a great photo album of an ancient world. Dr. M.K.
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By M on November 15, 2014
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On the one hand this book is full of colored pictures and photographs. On the other hand it has a lot of impenetrable sentences.
Take this one "The increased Ca++ in the extracellular fluid enhances nerve function by depolarization of nerve membranes per the Nernst equation, which ... enhances neurotransmitter release via the voltage gated Ca++ channels ..."
Or this one "... which then binds to vitamin D receptors in the osteoblasts increasing their production of RANKL (receptor activator of NK-kB ligand)..."

I doubt whether anybody who has bought this book knows what the Nernst equation is or has heard of NK-kB ligands. The author does not bother to explain. Such language is intended to intimidate the reader who stands in amazement before the supreme intellect of Mark J. Zamoyski. A previous US Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld called this tactic "Shock and Awe".

All those pretty pictures try to convince the unwary that an fantastic diversity of animals came into being without evolution. His explanation is CSFF. Try CSFF on any acronym finder! I found "Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy". You will not find "calcium secreting filter feeder" aka sponge. Apparently, the DNA from CSFF cells somehow led to the creation of lots of strange animals, e.g. the Geckosaurus, the modestly named Zamoyski Dragon and the Braniac(sic!) Worm. There is even a picture of a fossilized Braniac Worm with an arrow pointing to the CSFF DNA!!

You will not find anything about CSFF DNA replacing evolution theory in peer reviewed literature (try http://scholar.google.com). And until that happens, I refuse to take Z. seriously. I really regret buying his book.
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The author broaches a rather controversial topic in a novel and interesting way. By using a single event (250 million years ago) in the Mass Extinction/Quantum Speciation cycles that life on this planet has seen; he combined fossils, physics, biology and genetics to hypothesize a mechanism for genetic variation. It seemed that this was analogous to the speciation of any and every event in the history of life. Part of that analogy included the origin as well.

Building from the basic biochemical principles to the anatomical and physiological observations, he has provided a practical and methodical process to explain the unique, complex and diverse lifeforms that existed in the presence of single cell organisms.

I did help edit previous revisions of his book. While his approach to subject has changed significantly to a far more entertaining one, the approach still is a good mix of comprehensive and comprehensible. Seeing the artist's high-resolution renderings first hand, I can tell you that quality was sacrificed to fit on the written page.
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The notion of Quantum Specification is an important topic in evolutionary science. The author has a fantastic and novel approach to explaining early evolutionary processes. His hypothesis is sound and he explains a very difficult subject in everyday language through great images that most high school and even freshman college students would have no problem understanding the concept.
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