Evolution, Chemical

Theodor Alpermann & Wolfgang Weigand

In: Encyclopedia of Time: Science, Philosophy, Theology, & Culture

Evolution, Chemical

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  • Chemical evolution is the process of the synthesis of biochemically important molecules starting from simple molecular building blocks, such as water (H20), nitrogen (N2), carbon dioxide (C02), and hydrogen sulfide (H2S), under plausible primordial conditions that governed the prebiotic Earth. It describes a process of increasing complexity from simple inorganic compounds toward first simple organic compounds that in turn formed biochemically important structures for a first living system. First life may have started up as a final product of chemical evolution. This event is probably the result of a multitude of processes, most of them not very likely, that led to a proper arrangement and activation of complex molecular building blocks.

    Chemical evolution on a timescale is preceded by the formation of elements in ...

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