“Ocean’s Nixed” –MIT Researchers Finds New Environment for Earth’s First Life


Earth's First Life


“Our overall message is, if you think the origin of life required fixed nitrogen, as many people do, then it’s tough to have the origin of life happen in the ocean,” says Sukrit Ranjan at MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), part of a research team that concluded that early Earth’s nitrogen-rich ponds may have provided a more suitable environment for generating  the first life forms, more so than oceans.