Science & Technology
Did life really begin in the oceans ?
By T.K. Randall
February 15, 2012 · 55 comments
Image Credit: NOAA
A controversial new theory suggests that life might have actually developed in freshwater ponds.
It has long been thought that the first life forms on Earth evolved in the depths of the sea, but now a team of scientists has contested this idea by suggesting that the sea is simply too salty to provide the right conditions for this to happen. Instead, they believe that landlocked freshwater ponds would have been a more suitable environment.
For most everyone alive today, it's almost a fundamental fact. Life began in the ocean and evolved into all of the different organisms that exist today. The idea that this could be wrong causes great discomfort, like discovering as an adult that you were adopted as a child.
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