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Alien life: Game-changing research finds lightning could help kickstart life 'at any time'

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What made these rocks stand out was an unusually high concentration of a phosphorous mineral known as schreibersite.

Phosphorus is a key ingredient in many of the processes that govern life, from growth to reproduction.

On a young Earth, the phosphorous found on the planet’s surface was not soluble in water – but schreibersite was.

The findings were published today (March 16) in the journal Nature Communications.

Mr Hess said: “Many have suggested that life on Earth originated in shallow surface waters, following Darwin’s famous ‘warm little pond’ concept.



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