The Oldest Evidence of Life is Now Confirmed

The title of Earth’s Earliest Life has been returned to the fossils in the Pilbara region of Australia. A new study of the Pilbara fossils has identified the presence of preserved organic matter in those fossils.

Asteroid collision in space 466 mil years ago boosted life on Earth

Largest documented asteroid breakup in the asteroid belt during the past two billion years caused enormous amounts of dust to spread through the solar system. The blocking effect of this dust lead to cooler temperatures which in turn  caused diversification.

NASA Study Reproduces Origins of Life on Ocean Floor

A team of scientists has re-created some of the first steps of life in the lab, testing whether life could emerge on other ocean worlds.

Multicellular Life Began 1.5 Billion Years Earlier than Thought

The preservation of trace fossils, suggests that multicellular organisms that could move around to reach food resources may already have existed 2.1 billion years ago, more than 1.5 billion years older than previously thought.

Oxygen could have been available to life as early as 3.5 billion years ago

Microbes could have performed oxygen-producing photosynthesis at least one billion years earlier in the history of the Earth than previously thought.

Scientists identify protein that may have existed when life began

Researchers have found among the first and perhaps only hard evidence that simple protein catalysts - essential for cells, the building blocks of life, to function - may have existed when life began.

Interstellar Dust Could Transport Life from Star to Star

According to a recent study, space dust could be what brought life molecules to Earth. This same mechanism could be responsible for the distribution of life throughout the Universe.

Life on Earth May Have Started With a Cosmic Splash

Could the building blocks for life on Earth have been delivered by meteorites crashing into ponds of water 4 billion years ago?

New evidence would push life back to at least 3.95 billion years ago

The researchers argue they have uncovered evidence that there was life on Earth more than 3.95 billion years ago—on a planet that isn’t much more than 4.5 billion years old itself.

Cassini Finds that Titan is Building the Life Chemicals

A discovery on Saturn's Moon Titan could be an indication of how life begins to emerge throughout the Universe.

Oldest Known Fossils for Our Species Discovered in Morocco

Remains of the earliest known Homo sapiens date to 300,000–350,000 years ago in North Africa, and push back the origins of our our species by over 100,000 years.

Oldest evidence of life on land found in 3.48 billion-year-old Australian rocks

Fossils discovered in ancient hot spring deposits in the Pilbara have pushed back by 580 million years the earliest known evidence for microbial life on land.

Dwarf star 200 light years away contains life's building blocks

A team of scientists reports that it has discovered the existence of a white dwarf star whose atmosphere is rich in carbon and nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen. The white dwarf is approximately 200 light years from Earth and is located in the constellation Boötes.

The Logic and Beauty of Cosmological Natural Selection

The hypothesis is cosmological natural selection, and its power, beauty and logic provide what may be the best scientific explanation for the existence of complexity and life in the universe.

Earth's carbon came from ancient collision with Mercury-like planet

Research by Rice University Earth scientists suggests that virtually all of Earth’s life-giving carbon could have come from a collision about 4.4 billion years ago between Earth and an embryonic planet similar to Mercury.