Component for life on Earth may have come from Mars, researcher says

08/29/2013 | BBC · Space.com

Life on Earth may have actually begun on Mars billions of years ago, attendees of the Goldschmidt Meeting in Italy were told Thursday. Professor Steven Benner of the Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology presented evidence that suggests minerals containing key elements needed to form RNA was more abundant on the Red Planet and may have traveled here on a meteorite. "The evidence seems to be building that we are actually all Martians; that life started on Mars and came to Earth on a rock," he said.

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