Carbonaceous "Snowflakes" and the Origin of Life

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Science  23 Feb 1962:
Vol. 135, Issue 3504, pp. 663-664
DOI: 10.1126/science.135.3504.663


The possibility that the intricate "organized elements" found in some carbonaceous chondrites are to be interpreted, not as microfossils of once-living cells, but as organic-chemical analogues of similarly intricate snow crystals is raised; tests and implications are discussed.