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Did Life on Earth Begin at Deep Sea Smokers?

How
did life on Earth begin? Well, there are a few hypotheses.

In the beginning, for example, there’s the 6-day
theory
. Then came the Aristotle and his readily
observable truths
that flies came from decaying matters and that crocodiles
came from rotting logs and so on. Then – fast forward a few hundred years
– in Soviet Russia, primordial
soup
creates you.

But now, some scientists say we owe life on Earth on a white smoker (no,
not that one though
arguably he was old enough to have been the first living thing on this
planet):

Scientists, disenchanted with an 80 year old theory that life began
in a "primordial soup," are focusing on deep-sea pressure
cookers that were unknown just a couple of decades ago. Life may wemall
have begun in tiny "chimneys" in a green rock that is common
on earth, as well as other celestial bodies, when the ocean was 100
times more acidic than it is today, and the planet was much warmer.

Serpentine, California’s official state rock, is on center stage
today as a possible major player in generating the first life on Earth,
more than 3.8 billion years ago.

This green stone, which looks a lot like jade, could have been
a "rich incubator" of the unicellular life that first flooded
the earth so long ago, according to geophysics professor Norm Sleep
of Stanford University. Sleep didn’t invent the idea of serpentine as
an incubator, but he set out to learn if the theorizing of biologists
could survive a geological inquiry. Were the geological conditions of
early Earth compatible with life originating in serpentine?

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September 30th, 2011

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