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How did life first begin?

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Another mystery. It is believed that life first began in the oceans, around 4 billion years ago. Lightning sparks or electricity from deep within the earth could have caused the synthesis of amino acids. Overtime the oceans would have possibly become rich with organic molecules, creating what has become known as a 'primaeval soup'.

This much is generally accepted. However then one must take a quantum leap of faith to combine the story and say that somehow these molecules organised themselves in such a way that they reproduced themselves, through some very complicated chemistry. Either a catalyst coincidentally was present to get things started, or an autocatalyst was created. Quite how proteins were first formed is however a mystery.

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