In a letter that Charles Darwin wrote to J.D. Hooker (February 1871), he makes the remarkable suggestion that life may have begun in a;
“... warm little pond, with all sorts of ammonia and phosphoric salts, lights, heat, electricity, etc. present, that a protein compound was chemically formed ready to undergo still more complex changes, at the present day such matter would be instantly devoured or absorbed, which would not have been the case before living creatures were formed."
The law of biogenesis states that life only comes from already established life.
This very important and fundamental scientific law can be credited to the work of Louis Pasteur and others.
"La génération spontanée est une chimère."
Darwin's Theory of Evolution - The Premise
Darwin's Theory of Evolution is the widely held notion that all life is related and has descended from a common ancestor.
What's the method to get to a common ancestor?
1. Also called: autogenesis the hypothetical process by which living organisms first arose on earth from nonliving matter
2. another name for spontaneous generation
Also called: abiogenesis a theory, widely held in the 19th century and earlier but now discredited, stating that living organisms could arise directly and rapidly from nonliving material
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