Darwin’s warm little pond revisited: from molecules to the origin of life

  title={Darwin’s warm little pond revisited: from molecules to the origin of life},
  author={H. Follmann and C. Brownson},
  • H. Follmann, C. Brownson
  • Published 2009
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Naturwissenschaften
  • All known cosmic and geological conditions and laws of chemistry and thermodynamics allow that complex organic matter could have formed spontaneously on pristine planet Earth about 4,000 mya. Simple gasses and minerals on the surface and in oceans of the early Earth reacted and were eventually organized in supramolecular aggregates and enveloped cells that evolved into primitive forms of life. Chemical evolution, which preceded all species of extant organisms, is a fact. In this review, we have… CONTINUE READING
    46 Citations

    Figures, Tables, and Topics from this paper

    On dating stages in prebiotic chemical evolution
    • R. Bywater
    • Biology, Medicine
    • Naturwissenschaften
    • 2012
    • 8
    • Highly Influenced
    • PDF
    Primal Eukaryogenesis: On the Communal Nature of Precellular States, Ancestral to Modern Life
    • 15
    • PDF
    Pumice as a remarkable substrate for the origin of life.
    • 46
    • Highly Influenced
    • PDF
    The minimotif synthesis hypothesis for the origin of life.
    • 5
    • PDF
    At the very beginning of life on Earth: the thiol-rich peptide (TRP) world hypothesis.
    • 9
    • PDF
    Aqueous Phase Separation as a Possible Route to Compartmentalization of Biological Molecules
    • C. Keating
    • Chemistry, Medicine
    • Accounts of chemical research
    • 2012
    • 186
    The Driving Force and Progressive Mechanisms of Evolution Deduced from Thermodynamics
    • PDF


    Organic compound synthesis on the primitive earth.
    • 536
    Chance and necessity: the evolution of morphological complexity and diversity
    • 413
    • PDF
    How long did it take for life to begin and evolve to cyanobacteria?
    • 90
    The origin of life—did it occur at high temperatures?
    • 127
    • PDF
    Selection by differential molecular survival: a possible mechanism of early chemical evolution.
    • C. de Duve
    • Medicine
    • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
    • 1987
    • 9
    The modern theory of biological evolution: an expanded synthesis
    • 228
    • PDF
    Palaeotemperature trend for Precambrian life inferred from resurrected proteins
    • 293
    • PDF
    Amino acids on the rampant primordial Earth: Electric discharges and the hot salty ocean
    • 51
    Abiotic nitrogen reduction on the early Earth
    • 161
    • PDF
    Peptides and the origin of life.
    • 117
    • Highly Influential