LUCA May Be Your Ultimate Ancestor

Working backwards to the origin of life…

ScienceDuuude
Mar 3 · 7 min read
Not LUCA. This is William F. Martin, Ph.D. (image from the Martin Lab website).

Darwin and LUCA are sitting in a tree…

Building a tree to find LUCA…

Hypothetical phylogenetic tree showing position of LUCA compared to bacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes like humans (Weiss et al, 2016)

Trouble in paradise…

Example of abundant life at hydrothermal vent (Wikimedia Commons)

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