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Study tests theory that life originated at deep-sea vents
April 9, 2014
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.One of the greatest mysteries facing humans is how life originated on Earth.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.Full Story
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
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