Evolutionary Biology

Origins of Life I: Early Ideas and Experiments

by David Warmflash, MD, Nathan H Lents, Ph.D.

Further Exploration

NOVA: How Did Life Begin?

(PBS) Interview with paleontologist Andrew Knoll, a professor of biology at Harvard and author of Life on a Young Planet: The First Three Billion Years of Life.

Life in the Universe: Origin of Life Scenarios

(Univ. of CA, San Diego) An online course that explores the history of life on our own planet and the possibility for life elsewhere.

News & Events

Researchers may have solved origin-of-life conundrum

(Science) Reports on a paper that theorizes a scenario where all the building blocks for life could be gathered in one setting.

Bubbles may have sheltered Earth’s early life

(Student Science) Discussion of how early single-celled microbes may have been trapped in pockets of gas, which protected them from UV radiation.


Google Scholar

Google - Research database allows searching of the scholarly literature.


Exploring Life's Origins

Uses molecular illustrations and animations to help describe origins of life research and theories.

Deep history of life on Earth

(BioInteractive) The record of life on Earth stretches over 3 billion years, with evidence ranging from chemical signatures in rocks and ancient biological molecules to fossils of colossal dinosaurs and early humans

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States

National Academies Press: A Framework for K-12 Science Education