Lunar and Planetary Institute
Research into the origins of life especially around ancient and modern
hydrothermal systems as universal analogs for planetary environments.
Until recently it had been assumed that life on Earth had developed early
and that all record of the prebiotic-biotic boundary may have been lost.
Our work now suggests that this may not be so and that life may have appeared
much later in the Archean. The Early Archean record on Earth provides
many parallels with early Mars and is likely to provide a good analog
to help plan for the search for life beyond Earth.
Lunar and Planetary Papers