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RNA Can Form Spontaneously on Basaltic Glass
Oxytropidoceras posted a topic in Fossil NewsScientists announce a breakthrough in determining life's origin on Earth—and maybe Mars Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, June 3, 2022 The open access paper is: Craig A. Jerome, Hyo-Joong Kim, Stephen J. Mojzsis, Steven A. Benner, and Elisa Biondi. Catalytic Synthesis of Polyribonucleic Acid on Prebiotic Rock Glasses Astrobiology. ahead of print http://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2022.0027 Yours, Paul H.
A field guide to finding fossils on Mars. (open access paper)
Oxytropidoceras posted a topic in Fossil NewsMcMahon, S., Bosak, T., Grotzinger, J.P., Milliken, R.E., Summons, R.E., Daye, M., Newman, S.A., Fraeman, A., Williford, K.H. and Briggs, D.E.G., 2018. A field guide to finding fossils on Mars. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets.vol. 123, no. 5, pp. 1020-1040 https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2017JE005478 McMahon, S., The chemistry of fossilization on Earth and Mars. http://www.portlandpresspublishing.com/sites/default/files/biochemist/Biochemist Space issue Dec 2018/BioDEC18_chemistry of fossilization pg 28.pdf
The Silurian Hypothesis, SETI, and Defining the Anthropocene
Oxytropidoceras posted a topic in Fossil NewsWas There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans? Adam Frank, The Atlantic, April 13, 2018 https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/04/are-we-earths-only-civilization/557180/ Schmidt, G.A. and Frank, A., 2018. The Silurian hypothesis: would it be possible to detect an industrial civilization in the geological record?. International Journal of Astrobiology, pp. 1-9. https://arxiv.org/abs/1804.03748 https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/international-journal-of-astrobiology/article/silurian-hypothesis-would-it-be-possible-to-detect-an-in
Did Meteorites ( and Darwin's Little Warm Ponds) Start Life ?
Oxytropidoceras posted a topic in Fossil NewsEvidence suggests life on Earth started after meteorites splashed into warm little ponds, PhysOrg, October 2, 2017 https://phys.org/news/2017-10-evidence-life-earth-meteorites-splashed.html How did Life Start? Meteorites crashing into Darwin's Little Warm Ponds May Have been Trigger, by Megham Bartels, Newsweek. http://www.newsweek.com/2017/10/27/how-did-life-start-meteorites-crashing-darwins-warm-little-ponds-was-possible-675655.html The paper is: Pearce, B.K., Pudritz, R.E., Semenov, D.A. and Henning, T.K., 2017. Origin of the