Planetary Environments and Origins of Life
How to reinvent the study of Origins of life on the Earth and Life in the Universe under the light of exoplanetology progress
1 Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale d’Orsay, UMR 8617, CNRS et Université de Paris-Sud
2 ISYEB, Sorbonne Universités, UMR 7205 et Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Univ Paris 06 F - 75005, Paris, France
The present strategies proposed for the search for the origins of life and for extra-terrestrial life are mainly based on Earth-life and its adaptation along geological eras to the Earth environment. These strategies should however face the difficulty that one cannot as yet accurately date the appearance of life on Earth, and consequently one cannot identify a chronology of phenomena related to the transition from the non-living to the living and the dependence of these phenomena on the Earth environment. In this paper, we present new approaches to search for the origins of life on the Earth and next, for life on exoplanets. This study is based on our experience gained at the head of the CNRSc interdisciplinary research initiative "Environnements Planétaires et Origines de la Vie (EPOVd), and on the analysis of the projects the initiative funded.
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