Comets and the Origin and Evolution of Life

  • Paul J. Thomas
  • Christopher F. Chyba
  • Christopher P. McKay

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. P. J. Thomas, C. F. Chyba, C. P. McKay
    Pages 1-2
  3. J. Oró, A. Lazcano
    Pages 3-27
  4. J. Kissel, F. R. Krueger, K. Roessler
    Pages 69-109
  5. W. F. Huebner, D. C. Boice
    Pages 111-129
  6. P. J. Thomas, L. Brookshaw
    Pages 131-145
  7. K. J. Zahnle, N. H. Sleep
    Pages 175-208
  8. D. Steel
    Pages 209-242
  9. M. Podolak, D. Prialnik
    Pages 259-272
  10. C. P. McKay
    Pages 273-282
  11. C. P. McKay
    Pages 283-287
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 289-296

About this book


This volume considers the role comets may have played in the origins and evolution of life, particularly in light of recent investigations of Halley's comet, of new insights into organic synthesis in meteorites and comets, and of new results of numerical simulations of cometary orbits and impacts on Earth. The book is intended as a comprehensive review of current research, accessible to graduate students and others new to the field. Each chapter was prepared by an expert to give an overview of an aspect of the field, and carefully revised by the editors for uniformity in style and presentation.


asteroid atmosphere biosphere chemistry earth environment evolution liquid water organic chemistry organic synthesis polymer simulation synthesis the origin water

Editors and affiliations

  • Paul J. Thomas
    • 1
  • Christopher F. Chyba
    • 2
  • Christopher P. McKay
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of Wisconsin, Eau ClaireEau ClaireUSA
  2. 2.Department of GeosciencesPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA
  3. 3.Space Science DivisionNASA/Ames Research CenterMoffett FieldUSA

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