Evolutionists are constantly trying to find answers for the origin of humans.  Every time one of them proposes where we all came from, someone else points to evidence saying it couldn’t happen that way.  There are two prevailing theories, each having multiple sub-theories.  The most popular theory is that we came from some organic slime here on earth several billion years ago.  The second theory is that the organic molecules that make up living cells originated somewhere in space and landed on the early earth via a meteor or asteroid.

Dr. Michael Callahan of NASA, led a team of scientists in a study of carbon-rich meteorites recovered from Australia and Antarctica.  They analyzed the meteorites to determine what organic compounds they contained.

Some of the meteorites were found to contain guanine and adenine, two of the four nucleobases used in DNA.  Although this was exciting, the team realized that nucleobases had been previously found in meteorites before and they were often believed to be the results of terrestrial contamination as Callahan explained:

We do see biological nucleobases in ice and soil samples.  That’s only natural.

However, along with the adenine and guanine, Callahan’s team also discovered similar compounds but realized that they were not anything that had been previously found on earth.  Dubbed ‘nucleobase analogues’; the new compounds excited the team as they realized that they must have had a celestial origin.  The team noted that even though they find nucleobases in the ice and soil from the same locations where the meteorites were found, they have never found any of the nucleobase analogues mixed in.

Based on the knowledge that some clouds of dust and gases found in space contain water, hydrogen cyanide and ammonia, the team conducted tests to see if these compounds could be used to create the nucleobase analogues.  Mixing them together in the lab, the team was able to generate the same mix of nucleobases and nucleobase analogues.

This led the team to conclude that we may well have had our origins in outer space.  Asteroids or comets passed through the celestial clouds of dust and gases where the nucleobases and analogues were created and brought them to earth several billion years ago.  From there life eventually evolved and if this happened here on earth, it most likely happened elsewhere in the universe as well.

The major flaw in their science is that it is chemically and biologically impossible for a living cell with all of its complex structures to have evolved.  If you want to know just complex a living cell really is, please visit my series on The Simple Cell.

As a general rule, most molecular compounds tend to decay over time, but evolution requires it to continually build up.  I don’t have access to the original report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, but I wonder if the process they used in the lab to generate the nucleobases and analogues could have been carried out in the stellar clouds naturally.  In other words, how much direction of the process did the team use, or did they just throw the compounds altogether and let nature take its course?

There are still scientific hurdles that are impossible to jump over to get from having these compounds to the evolution of the first cell.  But I don’t have any impossible scientific hurdles to jump when I start with Genesis 1 and learn how God created everything starting with water.  Genesis 1 also tells us that God set all of the natural laws of science in place during the six days of creation.  From the viewpoint of a biologist, it is the only explanation for life that makes sense scientifically.  From a religious viewpoint, I have learned to never question the Word of God because it is not in His nature or capacity to lie or mislead anyone.  His Word is always true and can be trusted whereas man’s word is always changing and can rarely be trusted.


Spotts, Pete.  Are we all extraterrestrials? Scientists discover traces of DNA in space.  Jewish World Review, Aug. 1, 2012.

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