An Analysis of Davies' 'The Origin of Life: When and Where Did it Begin?'

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Davies and the Origins of Life The origin of life is indeed a fascinating mystery and is something that Davies explores in his article, "The Origin of Life: When and Where Did it Begin?" Davies begins his article by acknowledging that for a long time, more scientists attributed the beginning of life on earth as having evolved billions of years ago in a "primordial soup" at an unknown place on the surface of the earth. This has long been the assumption of scientists and one which has long gone unquestioned. However, Davies points to the mounting evidence that life in fact may have begun elsewhere at a location deep beneath the surface of the earth, such as adjacent to a volcanic ocean vent or perhaps within the earth's hot crust. As Davies immediately poses in his article, "Since there are hints that life's history on Earth extends back through the phase of massive cosmic bombardment, it may be that life started on Mars and came here later, perhaps inside rocks ejected from the Red Planet by large impacts" (2001). Davies aptly points out that the movement of integral and unbroken rocks between Mars and Earth is an unquestioned fact, and that various experiments have in fact verified that microbes could have lasted through an odyssey via space if they were in fact cushioned in such material (2001). If, as Davies illuminates, this is in fact the way that life on earth started, through some sort of planetary cross-contamination, then the likelihood of discovering another

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