The origin of life in the solar system: current issues

C. F. Chyba, G. D. McDonald

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The review consists of four sections. First, two areas of general relevance to exobiology are examined: the definition of life, and the existence of possible extraterrestrial environments for life in our Solar System. Then two areas of more specific interest to the origin of life on Earth are discussed: possible energy sources for prebiotic chemistry, and the RNA-world hypothesis. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-249
Number of pages35
JournalAnnual Review of Earth & Planetary Sciences
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science


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