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Mar 8, 2020
Thiophenes found on Mars: What does it portend?
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Thiophenes can be found on coal, truffles and some other organic matter. They are heterocyclic compounds bearing the structural formular C4H4S

Thiophenes can be found on coal, truffles and some other organic matter. They are heterocyclic compounds bearing the structural formula C4H4S and can be found on oil.

The fact that thiophenes were found on Mars suggests that there might have been primitive life forms on the Red Planet around 3.5 billion years ago. Thiophenes arise from sulfur and hydrocarbon reactions, suggesting that potential lifeforms may have been carbon-based.

Life on earth is estimated to have begun around 3.5 billion years ago. This begs the question, was abiogenesis rampant in that time period?