Rocks of Life

This post is not about fossils of extinct plants or animals, though you might think it was on first observation. These rocks were displayed on Facebook and I downloaded them (and others) because of their intrinsic beauty. I hope the owners of these photos will understand exactly why I am posting them here. If there is an issue, I will be more than happy to provide proper credit or simply remove them. Once you see them, I think you will have a greater appreciation for how the first living cells may have originated from “inorganic” matter.

Enjoy!

rocks-of-life

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About frankabernathy

I am a retired cell biologist and alumnus of Ohio State University. I became interested in chromosomes as far back as the 1960's when I wrote a term paper on the effects of radiomimetic drugs on chromosomes. I was fascinated at how they could break apart and reform new structures so easily. I became further involved in the early 1970's after taking a cytogenetics course at the University of Arkansas. I took that knowledge with me to Ohio State in 1980 where I eventually worked on my research and completed my Ph.D. dissertation, "Studies on Eukaryotic DNA Superstructure". My studies and later research suggested that the DNA within the eukaryotic chromosome is not the simple, linear molecular thread so widely suggested in all the classic textbooks published today. Instead, it may be the culmination of a geologically rapid set of endosymbiotic events where microorganisms plug into each other to create something greater than themselves. Feel free to contact me at fabernathy@sbcglobal.net.
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