Implications of Extraterrestrial Material on the Origin of Life
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Meteoritic organic material may provide the best perspective on prebiotic chemistry. Meteorites have also been invoked as a source of prebiotic material. This study suggests a caveat to extraterrestrial organic delivery: that prebiotic meteoritic organics were too dilute to promote prebiotic reactions. However, meteoritic material provides building material for endogenous synthesis of prebiotic molecules, such as by hydrolysis of extraterrestrial organic tars, and corrosion of phosphide minerals.
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Proceedings of the International Astronomical Union, v. 11, p. 431-435.
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Pasek, Matthew A., "Implications of Extraterrestrial Material on the Origin of Life" (2015). School of Geosciences Faculty and Staff Publications. 1289.