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Comets and the origin of life.


Comets and the origin of life.

Wickramasinghe, Janaki et al.

World Scientific


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Wickramasinghe, Chandra Wickramasinghe, and William Napier (all Cardiff U., Wales) make a case that the origin of life might be an exceedingly rare event, but that its subsequent evolution and dispersal are a cosmic inevitability. In this, they challenge the prevailing notion that life forms easily and often from abiotic materials in certain conditions. They cover cosmic dust and life, the origin of comets, comets in the galactic environment, dark comets as a link to panspermia, the expulsion of microbes from the solar system, liquid water in comets, the origin of life, and expanding horizons of life. The study has been enlarged and updated from Janaki's 2007 PhD dissertation at Cardiff University.

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Date:Feb 1, 2011
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