Friday, October 07, 2005


Seeds of Life... how life began on earth. The photo at right was one of the photos awarded the "Best Science Photographs of 2005."
Cambridge University lecturer John Brackenbury combined this series of high-speed photographs to illustrate the concept of panspermia.

Panspermia is the theory that seeds of life exist throughout the universe and that life on Earth arose when those seeds landed on our planet eons ago. The image shows eggs shattering as they hit water, releasing smaller eggs within.
Brackenbury won First Prize, Concepts Category.

Though the theory is interesting, and the photo is phenomenal, I have a couple of questions out of my ignorance of the area:
  • first, where did the "seeds of life" that "exist throughout the universe" come from?;
  • second, where did the earth come from on which the eggs "landed ... eons ago";
  • and, third, why have these seeds of life not populated something other than this planet, since they've had enons to do so?
Again, just curious if there is a rational scientific answer?

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