New research that suggests the Red Planet kick-started the process that led to life as we know it has been outlined by Professor Steven Benner at a major scientific conference in Florence, Italy.
Scientists have long puzzled over how the first molecules were formed.
Benner and his team have presented the concept that elements required for life were formed on Mars billions of years ago and transported to earth on meteorites.
The complex molecules necessary for life were not present on earth at the time.
Billions of years ago the surface of the earth had less oxygen than Mars, a clue to suggest that Martian elements combined with the earth’s bio-soup to start the process that resulted in life.