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Charles Darwin’s hunch about early life was probably right

In a few scrawled notes to a friend, biologist Charles Darwin theorised how life began.

Not only was it probably correct, his theory was a century ahead of its time.

  • Michael Marshall
  • BBC

Charles Darwin had some rather good ideas.

His most famous is the theory of evolution by natural selection, which explains much of what we know about life on Earth.

But he also pondered many other questions. In a hasty letter to a friend, he put forward an idea about how the first life might have formed.

Some 150 years later, that letter looks remarkably prescient – maybe even prophetic.

Contrary to popular…

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