Table of contents for Rare earth : why complex life is uncommon in the universe / Peter Ward, Donald Brownlee.

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Preface & Acknowledgments.- Introduction: The Astrobiology Revolution and the Rare Earth Hypothesis.- Why Life Might be Widespread in the Universe.- Habitable Zones of the Universe.- Building a Habitable Earth.- Lifes First Evolution on Earth.- How to Build Animals.- Snowball Earth.- The Enigma of Cambrian Explosion.- Mass Extinctions and the Rare Earth Hypothesis.- The Surprising Importance of Plate Tectonics.- The Moon, Jupiter, and Life on Earth.- Testing the Rare Earth Hypothesis.- Assessing the Odds.- Cultural Implications.- References.

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Life on other planets.