The Quintessence Of Life Essay

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Life… perhaps no more than just a figure of our own imaginations to explain the state of being in which everything exist. Even 3 billion years since the first appearance of living organisms on Earth, science still has yet to find out what the definition of life truly is; yet nevertheless, life is the most important aspect from which all other existence on this plant steams. Without the first life on earth, there would undoubtably be no “life” at all. Flash foreword into the modern era and the same question that has plagued science for centuries still continues to raise controversy. In order to understand the arguments of modern genetic species revival, one must go back and understand the mysterious beginnings of life on Earth, and examine how one species could have evolved into every single species known to exist on earth today. By seeing through the history one can understand the present, which gives a meaning to the phrase “the quintessence of life.”
As the origins of life on earth remain a mystery, scientists have found ample evidence that supports the claim that the first life on earth came in the form of a single celled bacteria around 3.5 billion years ago (Deamer 38). As many scientist have theorized, life is thought to have begun in vernal pools, areas of stagnant and warm waters near volcanic vents (Deamer 25). According to David Dreamer in his book First Life Discovering the Connections Between Stars, Cells, and How Life Began, through recent research and ancient oral traditions of native peoples in Russia, stories of vernal pools containing a sludge like substance peaked the curiosity of the scientific committee (24). Upon examination of these substances, scientists concluded the substances to be a combination of naturally formed proteins, minerals, and amino acids; which further research suggests, may just be the basic building blocks of early life on Earth (Deamer 25).
Though the discovery of naturally present materials necessary to produce life seems to answer the question as to how life could have formed on Earth, there still remains other theories backed by scientific research that also lend credible evidence that supports them as the possible origin of life. A long held belief which seems to have been popularized through modern pop culture, the idea that life on Earth came from extraterrestrial origins, is proving to be an ever more real possibility. In the fall of 1969, the skies over Murchison, Australia were lit up by an auspicious site. A meteorite, which upon analysis was determined to have traveled from the astroid belt between Earth and Mars, came crashing down leaving a fiery orange glow in its wake (Deamer 7). When examination of this meteorite concluded, scientist came out with a claim that would have the potential to change natural history for ever. This meteorite was determined to contain a sludge which was nearly identical to that discovered in the vernal pools, concluding that in fact the...

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