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Mechanical Forces before Chemical Energy at the Origins of Life?

Version 1 : Received: 25 April 2018 / Approved: 26 April 2018 / Online: 26 April 2018 (10:34:06 CEST)

How to cite: Hansma, H.G. Mechanical Forces before Chemical Energy at the Origins of Life?. Preprints 2018, 2018040341 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201804.0341.v1). Hansma, H.G. Mechanical Forces before Chemical Energy at the Origins of Life?. Preprints 2018, 2018040341 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201804.0341.v1).

Abstract

Mechanical forces are prevalent in living cells. This may be because mechanical forces and mechanical energy preceded chemical energy at life’s origins. Mechanical energy is more readily available in non-living systems than the various other forms of energy used by living systems. Two possible prebiotic environments that might have provided mechanical forces are hot springs that experience wet/dry cycles and mica sheets as they move, open and shut, as heat pumps or in response to water movements.

Subject Areas

origin of life; origins of life; mechanical energy; work; mica; biotite; Muscovite; wet/dry cycles; clay

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