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Presented a new theory about the origin of life on Earth
- April 21, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
The theory of evolution becomes the most convenient and complex theory regarding the origin and development of life on Earth – however, the only question that the established theory of evolution cannot answer to the full extent is the question of how life was formed from inanimate components. And now the research team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology presented their new hypothesis that in fact life was formed not in the deep ancient oceans, but in small ponds, thereby trying to counterpose to the entrenched oceanic theory new facts obtained by research new theory.
The fact is that according to the generally accepted formulation, the first life on Earth originated in the form of amino acids in the deep levels of the ancient ocean – and these amino acids, in turn, were formed due to the high concentration of nitrogenous oxides, which are considered the main catalysts for the transition from inanimate to living matter. However, past studies have often missed two factors, such as the ultraviolet rays of the sun and dissolved iron compounds in the water of the oceans.
A new theory of experts from MIT says that in fact life on Earth most likely originated in the oceans, because the smaller the amount of water observed, the higher the concentration of nitrogenous oxides and the smaller amount of penetrating ultraviolet in it – and as a result, the higher the chance of the appearance of amino acids. In addition, given the great depths of the ocean, the research team has doubts that they could cope with the development of life in general from such difficulties from the outside, especially because of the intense ultraviolet radiation.
It is worth noting that so far the researchers are not ready to assert something for certain, indicating only that their new hypothesis reflects a greater number of facts and previously established evidence in the context of the question of the origin of life on Earth. With this approach, it becomes really interesting to observe similar research and research of this kind in scientific circles, especially since many other scientists are really interested in the new theory.