Life May Have Begun On Earth with Meteorites and Warm Little Ponds

New research suggests that life on the Earth began hundreds of millions of years ago with meteorites and warm little ponds. According to the research, life began between 3.7 and 4.5 billion years ago. Meteorites spattered into ponds and leached their essential elements and contributed to life on Earth.

The condition of early Earth was simulated by the Ben Pearce of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and colleagues to discover how the essential molecules of life could have formed. The suspected sites of the beginning of the life were “warm little ponds,” on land and Ben focused on it and another deep-sea inlet. Ben said that no one made the calculation before, this is a pretty big beginning and it’s very exciting.

That calculation considers the formation of the RNA polymers which are the most basic molecules that can store genetic information and cause chemical reactions.

The team of researchers said that those RNA polymers would have become more composite with the particular levels of precipitation and evaporation and progressed into DNA.

The researchers engaged in relevant research from geology, biology, astrophysics, chemistry, and other disciplines.

One of the researchers, Ralph Pudritz from McMaster University said, “Because there are so many inputs from so many different fields, it’s kind of amazing that it all hangs together.”

“Each step led very naturally to the next. To have them all lead to a clear picture, in the end, is saying there’s something right about this.”

To prove when life actually began and what form it grasped, plenty more research needs to be carried out.

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