The case for the chemoautotrophic origin of life in an iron-sulfur world

  • Günter Wächtershäuser


In contrast to the conventional view of a heterotrophic origin of life in a prebiotic broth it is suggested that life started chemoautotrophically and that the oxidative formation of pyrite satisfies all the necessary conditions to be met by an energy source for such an origin.


Organic Chemistry Geochemistry Energy Source Pyrite Oxidative Formation 
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  • Günter Wächtershäuser
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  1. 1.Munich 2West Germany

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