Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere
Orig Life Evol Biosph
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ISSN (printed): 0169-6149. ISSN (electronic): 1573-0875.
In recent years the subject of the origin and early evolution of life has seen an unprecedented development. New theories concerning the origins of life such as cometary sources of organics the possible role of marine hydrothermal systems on the chemistry of the primitive earth and the postulate of the RNA world have brought many new scientists to the field of origins of life. It is the role of Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere to bring these articles together in one journal. While any scientific study related to the origin of life has its place in the journal the main interests revolve around theoretical and experimental studies dealing with planetary atmospheres interstellar chemistry precambrian studies prebiotic chemistry and early evolution. Since the journal's first publication in 1968 when it was entitled Space Life Sciences from 1974 to 1983 when it was called Origins of Life and from 1984 to the present as Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere it has continued to publish special issues and papers dealing with important topics concerning the origin and early evolution of life. For exaqmple recent special issues of the journal include 'Marine Hydrothermal Systems' 'Comets and the Origins and Evolution of Life' 'Water in the Solar System and its Role in Exobiology' and 'RNA and the Origins of Life'. In addition Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere publishes the abstracts from the triennial meetings of the International Society of the Study of the Origins of Life as well as key papers from these meetings.
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