Hydrothermal Systems: Doorways to Early Biosphere Evolution
Jack D. Farmer 2000 GSA Today v. 10 no. 7

Hydrothermal systems provide important environments for the synthesis of simple precursor carbon compounds that may have been important in the origin of living systems. Such environments probably also played a primary role in the early evolution of the biosphere. The suggestion of a thermophilic last common ancestor that utilized hydrogen and/or sulfur is broadly consistent with independent geological evidence for the nature of Archean environments on Earth.

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Subject: Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Evolution, Biology:Evolution
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results, Conference Paper