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Bounties from Biomarkers

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Science  13 Feb 2009:
Vol. 323, Issue 5916, pp. 879
DOI: 10.1126/science.1167929

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Echoes of Life. What Fossil Molecules Reveal About Earth History. By Susan M. Gaines, Geoffrey Eglinton, and Jürgen Rullkötter. Oxford University Press, New York, 2009. 375 pp. $35, £18.99. ISBN 9780195176193.

Writing for the interested nonspecialist, the authors interweave an account of the development of biomarker research and sketches of what these fossil organic molecules tell us about the histories of Earth and life.