The Moneran Kingdom

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Monerans, the most numerous life-forms on earth, are better known as bacteria. They are prokaryotes, organisms that consist of a single cell without a nucleus. Invisible to ordinary sight, bacteria were discovered in the seventeenth century, after the invention of the microscope. Then, in the 1970s, scientists using the new tool of DNA sequencing discovered another group of prokaryotes called the archaea. The Moneran Kingdom explains the differences between bacteria and archaea-two of the three domains of life on...
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Monerans, the most numerous life-forms on earth, are better known as bacteria. They are prokaryotes, organisms that consist of a single cell without a nucleus. Invisible to ordinary sight, bacteria were discovered in the seventeenth century, after the invention of the microscope. Then, in the 1970s, scientists using the new tool of DNA sequencing discovered another group of prokaryotes called the archaea. The Moneran Kingdom explains the differences between bacteria and archaea-two of the three domains of life on Earth-and provides an overview of milestones in microbiology. The reader is introduced to the structure and life cycle of the prokaryotes, the role of bacteria in the origins of life on earth, and the many ways monerans influence life for human beings-from disease to digestion to decomposing waste. Bacteria may be "germs," but they are vital to our continued survival.
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Children's Literature - Tiffany Torbeck
Students understand that we live in a world full of bacteria, be it good or bad. Explaining the different types and functions of bacteria may ease the fears of some and lead to confusion in others. This title is laid out similarly to other in the "Family Trees" series; however, since the subject matter is invisible to the naked eye, it is difficult to understand. Instead of explaining the origins and evolution of the moneran kingdom, the evolution of the technology used to see and understand this kingdom is explained. Even though the text does a thorough job of explaining the different parts of the cell, environments in which bacteria thrive and positive uses, it might go over the heads of the intended audience. Taken as a whole, the information is overwhelming since this is something that students most likely have not studied this deeply before. Taken in parts, to supplement a lesson about cleanliness or illness, this title could be useful. Reviewer: Tiffany Torbeck
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  • ISBN-13: 9780761430766
  • Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008
  • Series: Family Trees Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction Classifying Life 7 The Five Kingdoms 16 Chapter 1 Into the Invisible World 19 Chapter 2 Bacteria and Archaea 37 Chapter 3 Living with Monerans 71 Glossary 86 Moneran Family Trees 88 Find Out More 90 Bibliography 92 Index 93
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