Science: Evolution Before Life

Some time, some place in the dark backward and abysm of time, the first "living" thing was created, and evolution began. But even the simplest organism is made up of enormously complicated chemical compounds. How were these compounds produced in the slow aeons of the world's beginnings? Last week Dr. Melvin Calvin, professor of chemistry at the University of California, described some probable steps in the strange, speculative science of chemical evolution that led to the first glimmer of life.

Most pre-evolutionists agree, said Dr. Calvin, that life first appeared...

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