Chemical Markers of Prebiotic Chemistry in Hydrothermal Systems

  title={Chemical Markers of Prebiotic Chemistry in Hydrothermal Systems},
  author={J. Ferris},
  journal={Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres},
  • J. Ferris
  • Published 1992
  • Chemistry
  • Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres
  • The goal of this chapter is to suggest some organic compounds which may be indicative of prebiotic processes in hydrothermal systems or laboratory simulations of them. While the exact processes which led to the origins of life are not known, studies of life’s origins of the past forty years have uncovered a plethora of potential precursor molecules. Some of these same molecules were probably present in hydrothermal systems if chemical processes there had a role in the origins of life. 
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