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Extraterrestrial Mineral May Have Begun Life on Earth

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Extraterrestrial Mineral May Have Begun Life on Earth

An extraterrestrial mineral may reveal new clues about the beginnings of biological life on Earth. Scientists are taking a closer look at how meteorites impacting our planet may have had a major impact on the beginnings of life. In previous work, scientists suggested that the ancient meteorites contained the iron-nickel phosphide mineral "schreibersite." When schreibersite came into contact with Earth's watery environment, a phosphate was released that may have played a role in the development of prebiotic molecules. In this latest study, the researchers focused on the properties of schreibersite and conducted experiments with the mineral to better understand how,...

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