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Charles Darwin is credited with the idea that life on Earth has evolved in the shallow waters of the lakes. Now, a new study suggests that, rather than the life-of-origin in a “warm little pond, it may come from deep-sea hydrothermal vents — an idea that may be of importance for the existence of extra-terrestrial life.
The study, published in Nature, Ecology & Evolution, suggests that these deep-sea environments had been in the heat and sometimes to to to start life.
“There are several competing theories of where and how life began,” said the study’s lead author from University College London, professor Nick Lane, in a statement. Underwater hydrothermal vents are among the most likely locations for the start of our observations are now adding weight to that theory with solid experimental evidence to prove that.”
ASTEROID IMPACTS TO LIFE ON EARTH, SAYS STUDY
Lane, and on the other, the researchers were able to recreate an environment similar to that of the deep-sea vents, and with the help of “protocells containing a mixture of fatty acids and fatty alcohols” that the early failed experiments are not used.
They found that the molecules with long carbon chains of the required heat in order to form protocells, the more alkaline the solution, it helps to maintain the electrical charge. The saltwater environment is also an advantage, as the fat molecules to form a stronger, more stable, space or structure.
In 2012, a study was published which, at the time, was believed to have been proven, Darwin’s right about where life originated on the Earth.
In 1871, Darwin wrote a letter to British botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker’s life may have begun in a “warm little pond.”
“It is often said that to all of the terms and conditions for the first production of a living organism are now present, that have ever been,” Darwin wrote in a letter digitized by the Darwin Correspondence Project. “But if (& oh what a big if) we could conceive in some warm little pond, with all sorts of ammonia & phosphoric salts,—light, heat, electricity &c present, that a protein compound was chemically formed ready to undergo still more complex changes, at the present day such matter wd be instantly devoured or absorbed, which would not have been the case before living creatures were formed.”
An 1875 photograph of Charles Darwin, with his ground-breaking book “On the Origin of Species.”
In previous experiments, to create protocells of the fatty acids, have been successful in the cool, fresh water, but only under very tightly controlled conditions,” the statement added. As other past experiments, and to create protocells at hydrothermal vent environments, and had failed.
“In our experience, we are one of the essential elements of life, under the terms and conditions that are more a reflection of the ancient environment, many different laboratory tests, one of the study’s co-authors, Sean Jordan, will be added to the list.
“We still don’t know where life first formed, but, as our study shows, is that you cannot rule out the possibility of a deep-sea hydrothermal vents,” Jordan continued.
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Lane noted that, since the deep-sea hydrothermal vents are able to be responsible for the origin of life on Earth, and it may have an impact on the life of the universe, and these openings are covered elsewhere in the solar system.
“The space missions have found evidence that the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn are also in the same manner as alkaline hydrothermal vents, in their seas,” Lane said. “While we have not seen evidence of life on those moons, if we want to find life on other planets, or moons, of studies, such as those of us that can help us decide where to look.”
An artistic rendering of the Europa Clipper spacecraft in the vicinity of Jupiter’s moon, Europa.
In August, NASA officially confirmed is on a mission to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, which is a ride that should be able to answer, or that the icy object could become inhabitable for humans and for life.
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