From Stardust to First Cells: The Origin and Evolution of Early Life


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From Stardust to First Cells: The Origin and Evolution of Early Life Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Springer International Publishing AG
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Pages: 290 Illustrations and other contents: X, 290 p. Language: English ISBN: 9783031233968 Categories: , , , , , ,

This book presents a groundbreaking hypothesis to answer one of the greatest scientific mysteries: How did life begin? Like a detective piecing together seemingly disparate bits of evidence, Dr. Sankar Chatterjee combines the most recent discoveries in cosmology, geology, chemistry, information system, and biology, weaving a vast tapestry from the threads of current research and intermingling these various scientific disciplines takes them to their ultimate conclusion. The odyssey of life first began when the fundamental building blocks were brought to Earth by meteorites. These cosmic compounds concentrated and simmered like a soup in hydrothermal crater-caldrons. Through a system of subterranean vent networks, a biosynthetic-rich variety of organic compounds mixed and matched, and in time attained a propitious recipe of rich biomolecules guided by prebiotic information systems. Through symbiosis, these complex biopolymers gradually assembled into membrane-bound protocells. At each stage of this evolutionary progression, through natural selection, they refined with increasing stability and complexity, ultimately leading to the emergence of the first cells about four billion years ago.

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Author Biography

Sankar Chatterjee is Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished Professor of Geosciences and Curator of Paleontology at Texas Tech University. He received his Ph.D. from Calcutta University and was a Postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution. His current research focuses on astrobiology and the origin of life. He was awarded Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Professor in 2015. His previous book, The Rise of Birds (Johns Hopkins University Press), has been translated into many languages.