Charles Darwin was never quite sure of historical records of the origin of life. He suspected that spontaneously life might have formed in a "warm pool" with the right chemical composition. Instead of a better explanation, we have dealt with it over the last two centuries.
A research team from University College London has a different theory. They have recreated the original circumstances in which the "spark" of life may have occurred, and they believe that it has occurred in deep-water hydrothermal wells. It's about as different as a mud puddle, as you can get.
In a recent study, the team demonstrated the successful production of protocells in an alkaline seawater-like environment. In other words, they have shown that it is possible for life to develop spontaneously in jagged vents deep in the ocean, where trapped heat causes chemicals to swirl and react ̵
This causes Darwin and other scientists to think about life, which is made up of chemicals that bubble in shallow ponds in her ear.
According to the Science Daily, the lead author of the study, Nick Lane said:
There are several competing theories about where and how life began. Underwater hydrothermal wells are among the most promising locations for the dawn of life – our findings are now providing solid experimental evidence to make this theory more meaningful. The size is important. Darwin's theory leads us to believe that life began millions of years ago, when the planet was possibly covered by oceans, in a pre-organic mud that was in a shallow puddle of puddles. Lane states that most likely life began in vents located in the vast expanses of the ocean that make up most of our planet. Our money is on the lane.
Meanwhile, astrobiologists have an even greater theory: life originated on Mars and was transported to Earth via an asteroid. And if that does not fit your expectations, we can go further with Nick Bostrom's theory that we are all just data in a huge computer simulation.
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