We report evidence that both extraterrestrial and terrestrial minerals and rocks containing iron catalyze inorganic and organic reactions leading to production of metallorganic entities able to perform catalytic activities typical of modern life.While these properties indicate that they might be examples of prebiotic catalysts,complexity of their structures and chemical composition leave open the possibility that they might even represent a kind of non conventional form of pre-terrestrial life.

Complexity, self-organization and catalytic activities of peculiar (life-like) metallorganic entities generated on Earth from or below mineral iron surfaces.

DEL GAUDIO, ROSANNA;GERACI, GIUSEPPE;D'ARGENIO, BRUNO
2011

Abstract

We report evidence that both extraterrestrial and terrestrial minerals and rocks containing iron catalyze inorganic and organic reactions leading to production of metallorganic entities able to perform catalytic activities typical of modern life.While these properties indicate that they might be examples of prebiotic catalysts,complexity of their structures and chemical composition leave open the possibility that they might even represent a kind of non conventional form of pre-terrestrial life.
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