Did A Cosmic Fluke Make Life On Land Possible?,” asks an Inside Science writer.
You know the answer is yes It has got to be yes. Otherwise, that science writer might as well just give up the ol’ e-mail address. For all the business it would bring in.
Terrestrial animals may owe a special debt to the sun and the moon. It may have been their combined pull on ancient Earth’s oceans that helped primitive air-breathing fish gain a toehold on land, new research suggests.
In a new study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A, physicist Steven Balbus argues that the gravitational forces generated by the sun and moon would have been conducive to the formation of a vast network of isolated tidal pools during the Devonian Period, between 420 to 360 million years ago, when fish-like vertebrates first clambered out of the sea.
If so, it was totally an accident, right?
Balbus said that developing his theory has made him skeptical of the notion that complex terrestrial life might be common in the universe. “A lot of things had to come together in a strange way on the Earth,” he added.
Alhberg, on the other hand, thinks alien life could still be plentiful, but that its makeup might be different from Earth’s.
So either it is a fluke that happened a lot of times in different ways or a fluke that happened almost never.
No one wants to see a signal in the noise.