Constraints Imposed by Cosmic Evolution Towards the Development of Life

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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 144)


The probability of terrestrial-týpe life emerging in any other place of the universe will depend on the constraints imposed by cosmic evolution on that particular place. A systematic examination of cosmic constraints, which in the case of the Earth must have provided the necessary and sufficient conditions for the origin and evolution of life on our planet, shows that they are concerned with the nature of the central star, the planetary system, and the specific life-bearing planet, as well as with the chemical and biological evolution processes involved. These constraints or universal requirements for life, are briefly described below.


Planetary System Central Star Biogenic Element Hydrogen Cyanide Cosmic Evolution 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Oró
    • 1
  1. 1.Biochemical-Biophysical Dept.University of HoustonHoustonUSA

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