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Study tests theory that life originated at deep-sea vents
April 9, 2014
One of the greatest mysteries facing humans is how life originated on Earth. Scientists have determined approximately when life began, roughly 3.8 billion years ago, but there is still intense debate about exactly how life began. One possibility--that simple metabolic reactions emerged near ancient seafloor hot springs, enabling the leap from a non-living to a living world--has grown in popularity in the last two decades.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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