9 minutes
Published April 2015

What is Chemical Evolution?


Have you ever wondered how life first got started on Earth? So do scientists! Though the question has not yet been fully answered, a careful study of Chemical Evolution is beginning to shed light on this mystery.

In this film you will learn what Chemical Evolution is, how it works, and how it is different from Biological Evolution.  

Explore Further

For an overview of research that has been done on fatty-acid membrane formation, check out this paper by Dr. Pierre-Alain Monnard and Stated Clearly’s science advisor Dr. David W. Deamer.
Membrane self-assembly processes: Steps toward the first cellular life
Read about the solubility of fatty acids in warm water. It is this solubility of fatty acids which allows natural selection to sort them out of the mess they are typically produced in during abiotic synthesis.
Solubility of Saturated Fatty Acids in Water at Elevated Temperatures

Learn of the bio-molecules discovered on meteorites. These biomolecules were not produced by living creatures, instead, they were created abiotically in a way similar to how we think the first biomolecules formed on Earth!
The Evolutionary Story Ahead of Biochemistry

Learn of research done by the Center For Chemical Evolution on a possible precursor to modern genes!
Self-Assembling Molecules Offer New Clues on Life's Possible Origin

Check out what the Center for Chemical Evolution is up to
Center for Chemical Evolution