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Diamonds May Have Jumpstarted Life on Earth

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posted on Jul, 28 2008 @ 07:30 AM
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One of the greatest mysteries in science is how life began. Now one group of researchers says diamonds may have been life's best friend.




When primitive molecules landed on the surface of these hydrogenated diamonds in the atmosphere of early Earth, a few billion years ago, the resulting reaction may have been sufficient enough to generate more complex organic molecules that eventually gave rise to life, the researchers say.


Another theory, called panspermia, holds that life on Earth arrived from space, as organisms rained down inside tiny meteors or giant comets.

The new research does not conclusively determine how life began, but it lends support to one possible way.

"Hydrogenated diamond advances to the best of all possible origin-of-life platforms," the researchers contend.




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