Astronomers solve mystery of phosphorus, element that helped create life on Earth – The Independent, Independent
Astronomers have solved the mystery of wherephosphorus, so key for life on Earth, actually first came from.
The element is found in everything from humans to the tiniest life forms, and is essential to create living things as we know them.
But the question of how it actually got to the early Earth has remained a mystery. The journey that helped to create all life has remained unmapped.
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But astronomers have now tracked its journey through space, watching as it moves through star-forming regions to comets on the kind of journey that could have brought it to our planet. They have also shown how crucial its role in starting life on Earth might have been.
The newly published research shows how the molecules that contain phosphorus are formed, and how they might have been central to the beginning of life on Earth.
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