In an academic world shaped, not merely measured, by impact factors and h indices, it is not at all clear what role there is for edited book series that are largely invisible to citation databases. This may not be a bad outcome since edited academic volumes are invariably a mixed bag, including reviews of work already published in peer-reviewed journals, and half-baked nonsense that could not get published elsewhere; few are prepared to risk burying their gems of insight in such venues. To be sure, in Quantifying the Evolution of Early Life, there is plenty rehashing of work published...

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