primordial soup


Definition of primordial soup

: a mixture of organic molecules in evolutionary theory from which life on earth originated

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Recent Examples on the Web The first insects emerged about 412 million years ago, but the biblical language puts that dragonfly—along with Adam and Eve—in the primordial soup. Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 Like a glowing finger stirring the primordial soup. Mike Oliver |, al, "MVC says lightning is the spark that brings life -- and death," 2 Nov. 2019 Scientists studying how life arose from the primordial soup have been too eager to clean up the clutter. Quanta Magazine, "Origin-of-Life Study Points to Chemical Chimeras, Not RNA," 16 Sep. 2019 New York City in the late 1970s was a cauldron overflowing with a primordial soup of creativity: Disco, punk, new wave, hip-hop, pop art, fashion icons, street art, all emanated from a few square miles packed with ambition. Los Angeles Times, "11 anticipated music books this fall," 13 Sep. 2019 Once that primordial soup cooled and became transparent, the ripples—which drew matter to them and formed the foundations for galaxy clusters—became locked in, separated by a characteristic distance. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Robot detector to map cosmos for clues to dark energy," 11 Sep. 2019 Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning and a colossal stroke of luck. Quanta Magazine, "A New Physics Theory of Life," 22 Jan. 2014 The findings, by a team of biologists and physicists in Dresden, Germany, have revived a hypothesis, first suggested in 1924, that liquid droplets in early Earth’s primordial soup were the primitive precursors of the first cells. Quanta Magazine, "Droplets That ‘Come to Life’," 20 Jan. 2017 Four billion years ago, the first molecular precursors to life emerged, swirling about in Earth’s primordial soup of chemicals. Quanta Magazine, "The End of the RNA World Is Near, Biochemists Argue," 19 Dec. 2017

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1962, in the meaning defined above

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“Primordial soup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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