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From Big Bang to Primordial Planet

Alan W. Schwartz and Sherwood Chang

in Life's Origin

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233904
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520233904.003.0003
From Big Bang to Primordial Planet

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Life is the product of countless changes in the form of primordial stellar matter, and these changes were wrought by astrophysical and cosmochemical, as well as geological and biological, evolutionary processes. This chapter shows how life on Earth is related to and a product of a long sequence of cosmic events that preceded the formation of our planet. The chain of events that led to life's beginnings extends back through planetary history to the origin of the Solar System, the formation of molecules in interstellar clouds, the nuclear synthesis of biogenic elements in stars, and to the formation of planets, and the origin and evolution of life on Earth.

Keywords: stellar matter; cosmic events; Solar System; interstellar clouds; biogenic elements; stars; planets; evolution

Chapter.  10665 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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