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New Analysis Of Meteorite Shows Key Ingredients For Life On Earth May Have Been Delivered By Comets

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February 28, 2001
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Scripps Institution Of Oceanography
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An object that fell to Earth more than 136 years ago has revealed new clues about the origin of meteorites in space and new information about how life may have started on early Earth. The new study by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, and their colleagues shows that the Orgueil meteorite, which fell in France in 1864, may be the first meteorite traced to a comet, rather than from an asteroid, the source widely believed to produce meteorites.

An object that fell to Earth more than 136 years ago has revealed new clues about the origin of meteorites in space and new information about how life may have started on early Earth. The new study by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, and their colleagues shows that the Orgueil meteorite, which fell in France in 1864, may be the first meteorite traced to a comet, rather than from an asteroid, the source widely believed to produce meteorites.


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Scripps Institution Of Oceanography. (2001, February 28). New Analysis Of Meteorite Shows Key Ingredients For Life On Earth May Have Been Delivered By Comets. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 19, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/02/010228080524.htm
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