Are we the Martians? Evidence is beginning to pile up that points to this possibility. As far as we know, life began on Earth roughly 3.5 billion years ago. The most popular theory on how life began is abiogenesis — that life spontaneously formed from organic compounds, which themselves spontaneously formed.
What we don’t know is whether abiogenesis occurred here on Earth, or whether it occurred elsewhere in the universe and then was deposited here via a meteorite (Panspermia) or some other means. According to Steven Benner of The Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology in Florida, conditions here on Earth in the distant past would’ve made it impossible for organic compounds to make the leap to life.
So how did we get here?
Is it possible that colonists from Mars abandoned their planet due to climate change, nuclear war, or some other catastrophic event and came to Earth? The following documentary explores the fascinating connection between Earth and Mars.
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