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IQ # 2 2.The half-life of carbon-14 is about 5600 years. A fossil with ¼ the normal proportion of C 14 is probably _______ years old. 1.Answer the following.

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1 IQ # 2 2.The half-life of carbon-14 is about 5600 years. A fossil with ¼ the normal proportion of C 14 is probably _______ years old. 1.Answer the following using the diagram below: a.a common ancestor for D & F b.most closely related species c.least related species species C arises at this point e.common ancestor for E & F B C D E F A

2 Chapter 26 The History of Life on Earth

3 IQ #3 What is the age of the Earth and when did prokaryotic and eukaryotic life emerge? Describe the characteristics of the early planet and its atmosphere. How did Miller & Urey test the Oparin-Haldane hypothesis and what did they learned? What are the methods used to date fossils and rocks Describe the evidence for the endosymbiotic theory. How does continental drift explain the current distribution of species ?

4 Early conditions on Earth

5 Earth = 4.6 billion years old First life forms appeared ~3.8 billion years ago How did life arise? 1.Non-living small organic molecules 2.Small molecules macromolecules (proteins, nucleic acids) 3.Packaged into protocells/Protobionts (membrane-containing droplets) 4.Self-replicating molecules allow for inheritance First genetic material most likely RNA First catalysts = ribozymes (RNA)

6 Three Proposed Models of how macromolecules formed Pre-Biotic Soup Hypothesis (Oparin & Haldane-independently) **proposed in 1920s** Iron-Sulfur Hypothesis (Hydrothermal vents) Seeded Meteorite impact

7 Synthesis of Organic Compounds on Early Earth Oparin & Haldane: Early atmosphere = H 2 O vapor, N 2, CO 2, H 2, H 2 S methane, ammonia Energy = lightning & UV radiation Conditions favored synthesis of organic compounds - a primitive soup

8 Miller & Urey: (1950s): (tested primordial soup in lab)water, hydrogen, methane, ammonia all 20 amino acids, nitrogen bases, & ATP, DNA, and RNA were formed

9 Formation of the first Cells Began as molecular aggregates (microspheres & protobionts) Divide often (binary fission) Grow larger in size Maintain a level of homeostasis internally Produce electrical potential across surfaces Absorbs materials from the surface (selective permeability) Catalytic activity

10 Protocells & Self-Replicating RNA

11 Molecular Replication Usually involves DNA, RNA and proteins All can form on clay surfaces Self-replication common with DNA & RNA Which formed first? DNA or RNA?

12 Molecular Replication Most hypothesize that RNA was the first to form. Why? RNA is a versatile molecule and: –Able to function both as an enzyme & substrate –Single stranded and easily forms H-bonds –Has catalytic properties –Can direct protein synthesis –Folds on itself and from various shapes

13 Molecular cooperation led to the first cells controlled by RNA Oldest fossilized cells widely accepted (2 bya) Layers of Microorganisms & sediment called: Stromatolites First cells thought to be anaerobic using glycolysis as its metabolic pathway Heterotrophs Photoautotrophs Aerobes Euk s (O 2 increases) (endosymbiotic theory)

14 Copyright © 2005 Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Benjamin Cummings As prokaryotes evolved, they exploited and changed young Earth The oldest known fossils are stromatolites, rocklike structures composed of many layers of bacteria (cyanobacteria) and sediment Stromatolites date back 3.5 billion years ago Living ones in Shark Bay Australia

15 Copyright © 2005 Pearson Education, Inc. publishing as Benjamin Cummings




19 We humans are, in simple terms, bags of water filled with proteins and prokaryotic bacteria (the bacteria in your body outnumber the cells in your body about 10 to 1). We humans have descended from organisms that adapted to living in a prokaryotic world, and we humans retain (conserved in evolutionary terms) in our mitochondria the cellular machinery to power our cells that we inherited (i.e., endosymbiosis) from the prokaryotes of deep time on earth.

20 Fossil Record: used to reconstruct history Sedimentary rock (layers called strata) Mineralized (hard body structures) Organic – rare in fossils but found in amber, frozen, tar pits Incomplete record – many organisms not preserved, fossils destroyed, or not yet found


22 Both used to date fossils and determine age Relative DatingRadiometric Dating Uses order of rock strata to determine relative age of fossils Measure decay of radioactive isotopes present in layers where fossils are found Half-life: # of years for 50% of original sample to decay


24 Macroevolution consists of the major changes in the history of life –The fossil record chronicles these changes, which have helped to devise the geologic time scale The fossil record chronicles macroevolution

25 Geologic Time Scale Eon Era Period Epoch (longest to shortest) Present Day: Phanerozoic Eon, Cenozoic Era, Quaternary Period, Holocene Epoch

26 Clock Analogy of Earths History

27 Key Events in Lifes History O 2 accumulates in atmosphere (2.7 bya) O 2 accumulates in atmosphere (2.7 bya) Humans (200,000) Humans (200,000)

28 Endosymbiont Theory Mitochondria & plastids (chloroplasts) formed from small prokaryotes living in larger cells Evidence: Replication by binary fission Single, circular DNA (no histones) Ribosomes to make proteins Enzymes similar to living prokaryotes Two membranes


30 Evidence for endosymbiosis Lab cultured Amoebas became infected with bacterium Some died, others thrived and became dependent on the invaders

31 Pangaea = Supercontinent Formed 250 mya Continental drift explains many biogeographic puzzles

32 Movement of continental plates change geography and climate of Earth Extinctions and speciation

33 Mass extinctions Diversity of life Major periods in Earths history end with mass extinctions and new ones begin with adaptive radiations


35 Major events during each Era Precambrian: microscopic fossils (stromatolites) Photosynthesis, atmospheric O 2 Eukaryotes (endosymbiont theory) Paleozoic: Cambrian Explosion Plants invade land, many animals appear Permian Extinction (-96% species) Mesozoic: Age of Reptiles, dinosaur, plants Formation of Pangaea supercontinent Cretaceous Extinction – asteroid off Mexicos coast Cenozoic: Primates Note: All end with major extinction & start with adaptive radiation

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