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The Case for a Gaian Bottleneck: The Biology of Habitability

Chopra, Aditya; Lineweaver, Charles

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The prerequisites and ingredients for life seem to be abundantly available in the Universe. However, the Universe does not seem to be teeming with life. The most common explanation for this is a low probability for the emergence of life (an emergence bottleneck), notionally due to the intricacies of the molecular recipe. Here, we present an alternative Gaian bottleneck explanation: If life emerges on a planet, it only rarely evolves quickly enough to regulate greenhouse gases and albedo,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016-01
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/112349
Source: Astrobiology
DOI: 10.1089/ast.2015.1387

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