Once upon a time, a long long time ago, there was a newly formed planet. It was hot, barren and lifeless. This little planet failed to posses many of the compounds necessary for life such as nitrogen. Over the next few hundred million years, the planet was pummeled with meteorites that contained nitrogen in the form of ammonia. Some of these ammonia laden meteorites landed in the primordial soup that could be found in small pockets all over the little planet. This primordial soup had been fruitlessly simmering for a few hundred million years or so because it lacked some key ingredients. After enough meteorites fell into the soup and supplied the right quantities of the missing ingredients, the primordial soup finally produced the first primitive cells of life..
Fairytale or science?
According to researchers from Arizona State University and the University of California, Santa Cruz, this may be how life on earth began.
The group of researchers have been studying a meteorite (Grave Nunataks 95229), that was found in Antarctica in 1995. Upon chemical analysis of a few grams of powder extracted from the meteorite, they found significant amounts of ammonia along with some hydrocarbons.
Based on their findings, Professor Sandra Pizzarello from Arizona State University stated:
[This study] shows that there are asteroids out there that when fragmented and become meteorites, could have showered the Earth with an attractive mix of components, including a large amount of ammonia.
A meteorite expert from the Natural History Museum in London, Dr. Caroline Smith added:
One of the problems with early biology on the early Earth is you need abundant nitrogen for all these prebiological processes to happen – and of course nitrogen is in ammonia.
A lot of the evidence shows that ammonia was not present in much abundance in the early Earth, so where did it come from?
Most evolutionists today would take these findings and declare them proof of evolution and the origin of life. However, after first appearing to extrapolate good science into the realm of evolutionary story telling and fairytales, Professor Pizzarello makes one of the most forthright statements about origins that I’ve heard in years from an evolutionist when she said:
You find these extraterrestrial materials (in meteorites) which have what you need, but on the how and when, in which environments and by what means – really, we don’t know.
I have to take my hat off to Professor Pizzarello for her honesty in admitting that she hasn’t a clue as to the real origins of life. Yet, all she has to do is open a Bible and start reading at Genesis 1-2 that starts with: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Maybe then her eyes will be opened and she would know the how, when and by what means everything came to be.
Bowdler, Neil, Meteorites ‘Could Have Carried Nitrogen to Earth,, BBC News, Feb. 28, 2011.