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The emergence of life
Camprubí, E.; de Leeuw, J.W.; House, C.H.; Raulin, F.; Russell, M.J.; Spang, A.; Tirumalai, M.R.; Westall, F. (2019). The emergence of life. Space Science Reviews 215(8).
In: Space Science Reviews. Springer: Dordrecht. ISSN 0038-6308; e-ISSN 1572-9672, more
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Author keywords
    Emergence of life; Icy moons; Hadean Earth; Hydrothermal environments; RNA world; Tree of life

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  • Camprubí, E.
  • de Leeuw, J.W., more
  • House, C.H.
  • Raulin, F.
  • Russell, M.J.
  • Spang, A., more
  • Tirumalai, M.R.
  • Westall, F.

    The aim of this article is to provide the reader with an overview of the different possible scenarios for the emergence of life, to critically assess them and, according to the conclusions we reach, to analyze whether similar processes could have been conducive to independent origins of life on the several icy moons of the Solar System. Instead of directly proposing a concrete and unequivocal cradle of life on Earth, we focus on describing the different requirements that are arguably needed for the transition between non-life to life. We approach this topic from geological, biological, and chemical perspectives with the aim of providing answers in an integrative manner. We reflect upon the most prominent origins hypotheses and assess whether they match the aforementioned abiogenic requirements. Based on the conclusions extracted, we address whether the conditions for abiogenesis are/were met in any of the oceanic icy moons.

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