Margulis, Lynn


1938 American biologist who developed the serial endosymbiotic theory to account for the evolution of nucleated cells and evolutionary novelty more generally.

Keywords: symbiosis; symbiogenesis; serial endosymbiotic theory (SET); gaia; prokaryotes

Further Reading

Margulis L (ed.) (1970–1971) Origins of Life. 2 vols. New York: Gordon and Breach.

Margulis L (1981) Symbiosis in Cell Evolution : Life and its Environment on the Early Earth. Oxford: W.H. Freeman.

Margulis L (1998) The Symbiotic Planet: A New Look at Evolution. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson.

Margulis L and Sagan D (2002) Acquiring Genomes: A Theory of the Origins of Species. New York: Basic Books.

McMurray EJ (ed.) (1995) Notable Twentieth Century Scientists. Detroit: Gale Research.

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Power, Helen J(Jan 2006) Margulis, Lynn. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0003594]