Extraterrestrial Flux of Potentially Prebiotic C, N, and P to the Early Earth

@article{Pasek2007ExtraterrestrialFO,
  title={Extraterrestrial Flux of Potentially Prebiotic C, N, and P to the Early Earth},
  author={Matthew A Pasek and Dante S. Lauretta},
  journal={Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres},
  year={2007},
  volume={38},
  pages={5-21}
}
With growing evidence for a heavy bombardment period ending 4–3.8 billion years ago, meteorites and comets may have been an important source of prebiotic carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus on the early Earth. Life may have originated shortly after the late-heavy bombardment, when concentrations of organic compounds and reactive phosphorus were enough to “kick life into gear”. This work quantifies the sources of potentially prebiotic, extraterrestrial C, N, and P and correlates these fluxes with a… CONTINUE READING
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