Reasons to Believe

First Life on Earth

  • DNA and Proteins' Excellent Adventure

    Perhaps you remember this scene from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure:

    Bill: The truth is, Wyld Stallyns will never be a super band until we have Eddie Van Halen on guitar.

    Ted: Yes, Bill. … more

  • Another Problem for Chemical Evolution

    Cite: Ajith Harish and Gustavo Caetano-Anolles, “Ribosomal History Reveals Origins of Modern Protein Synthesis,” PLoS ONE 7 No 3 (2012): e32776. more

  • TNRTB Classic: Looking Beyond Earth

    On Monday, we saw one way naturalists are looking beyond Earth to explain—independent of a supernatural Creator—the origin of life. For this week’s classic TNRTB I recommend … more

  • Sulfur Caused Early Life to Sprout

    The whole land will be a burning waste of salt and sulfur—nothing planted, nothing sprouting, no vegetation growing on it. (Deuteronomy 29:23)

     Researchers made headlines recently when … more

  • When Did Life First Appear on Earth?

    The holiday season is the time of the year when many people send out a newsletter providing friends and family members with updates of important events that have taken place over the course of the … more

  • Could Impacts Jump-Start the Origin of Life?

    Today, after twenty years of generous funding and intense research, astrobiology still ranks as science’s only data-free discipline. However, a team of biochemists and physical chemists at … more

  • Smokers Not Healthy for Life

    One prominent origin-of-life model posits that life began at deep-sea hydrothermal vents, sometimes referred to as “black smokers.” These structures result when superheated water, rich in … more

  • Eating the Elephant Bite by Bite

    New Work Takes Scientists One Step Closer to Creating Life in the Lab

    An elephant float takes two scoops of ice cream. And once the elephant is floating in root beer, the only way to consume the … more

  • Now Hear This! New Evidence for Ancient Life!

    Who, what, where, when, why, and how? These are the questions that good journalists ask. They are also the same inquiries that origin-of-life researchers make about first life on Earth. When did life … more

  • Smokers Not Healthy for Life

    New Discovery Undercuts Origin of Life at Hydrothermal Vents

    Most people now recognize that smoking takes years off of one’s life. But if it wasn’t for smokers, life’s start … more

  • Experiencing How Early Life Lived

    New Discovery Affirms RTB Model Predictions

    Even though I’m a budget-hotel kinda guy, occasionally I splurge and stay in a really nice place. It’s fun to get a chance to experience … more

  • What's Hiding on the Moon?

    Sometimes the things we search for turn up in the most unlikely places. Such may be the case in gaining information about the origin of life here on Earth. Perhaps the best place to look for it is on … more

  • Acid Rain Polluted Early Earth

    New Research Indicates Early Earth Conditions Were Too Harsh for Life’s Origin

    Since the onset of the Industrial Revolution, acid rain has been an environmental problem. Industrial processes … more

  • More Evidence for the Design of Earthquake Activity

    In the December 2007 issue of Astrobiology Stanford University geophysicists Norman H. Sleep and Mark D. Zoback note that the higher tectonic activity during Earth’s early history could have … more

  • Earliest Direct Evidence of Life

    In his book Origins of Life, Dr. Fazale Rana reviews the extensive indirect evidence for the appearance of primitive life on Earth as early as 3.5 billion years ago (bya), with some indications that … more