Mystery of our origins: Panspermia?

When we debate about the origins of our species Homo Sapiens Sapiens, we are usually referring to humanlike creatures that appeared about 4 million years ago. From Australopithecus, Homo Habilis, Homo Erectus, to the more recent Homo Sapiens neanderthalensis, we have researched intensely about the possibilities of our ancestors on earth, and not how we evolved, but from what? Recently, a leading British scientist Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe, of Cardiff University, said new research “overwhelmingly” supported the view that human life started from outside our Earth.

The theory that life originated outside Earth is not a new theory but only throughout the years, lacked solid evidence to back up this theory. This term was first mentioned in the 5th century BC by a Greek philosopher named Anaxagoras. Sir Fred Hoyle (1915–2001) and Chandra Wickramasinghe (born 1939) were important proponents of the hypothesis who further contended that lifeforms continue to enter the Earth’s atmosphere, and may be responsible for epidemic outbreaks, new diseases, and the genetic novelty necessary for macroevolution.

The Astrobiologist said the first “seeds of life” were deposited on our plant from space 3,800m years ago. He claimed that microbes hitched a ride on comets that then crashed into Earth, which then multiplied to form life on Earth. He claims his evidence which is published in Cambridge University’s International Journal of Astrobiology, showed humans, and all life on Earth, came from aliens brought to the earth by comets hitting the planet.

“Evidence from astronomy overwhelmingly supports the view that life did not start on Earth but was seeded from outside,” Prof Wickramasinghe said. “As we enter a new decade – the year 2010 – a clear pronouncement of our likely alien ancestry and of the existence of extraterrestrial life on a cosmic scale.”

* Interesting thing that the scientist mentions we will know the truth as time passes because oddly enough, there have been speculations about 2012 being the year of destruction, some say the beginning of a new world. Even the movie 2012 portrays the disastrous end for the planet. Ever seen the Northern Lights aka Aurora borealis? I haven’t but it’s been estimated that the next you’ll get to see it is in year….you guessed it! Fall of 2012.

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