Molecular Evolution and Protobiology: An Overview
During the winter semester 1865/66 the German biologist Ernst Haeckel (1834–1919) proposed in his lectures on Darwinism and evolutionary sequence in order to explain the origin of the first cells by self-assembly and selection. These lectures were published in 1868 (Haeckel, 1868). Haeckel’s pioneering ideas constituted a departure from the then prevailing view that the origin of life could not be a subject of scientific research.
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