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The evolution of the environment and its influence on the evolution of life

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Thermodynamic data and known paleogeological data were used to deduce when and what elements (compounds) were readily available during the whole history of the earth. On the basic assumption that available compounds would dictate the type of organisms to emerge, we attempted to derive a kind of evolutionary tree. This was then compared with the existing evolutionary trees derived from the sequences of proteins and polynucleotides.

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Ochiai, E. The evolution of the environment and its influence on the evolution of life. Origins Life Evol Biosphere 9, 81–91 (1978). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00931406

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Keywords

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Geochemistry
  • Basic Assumption
  • Thermodynamic Data
  • Evolutionary Tree