Meteorites may have sparked life on Earth

A collision of extraterrestrial objects and Earth’s ancient oceans could have produced raw materials for life

By Stephen Ornes, 00:00 AM December 17, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extraterrestrial objects colliding with Earth's ancient oceans may have sparked the molecules necessary for life.

 

Extraterrestrial objects colliding with Earth's ancient oceans may have sparked the molecules necessary for life.

 

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Thoughts of meteors hurtling toward Earth usually generate visions of mass extinctions. But some recent studies paint a new picture: Large rocks hurtling in from space may have actually helped spark life on Earth.

 

Nobody would call early Earth a friendly place. Billions of years ago, it started as a red-hot sea of molten rock. But then the surface ...

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