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Can evolutionary convergence be tested on Europa?

Abstract

A major objective in solar system exploration has to be the insertion of appropriate biology-oriented experiments in future missions. We discuss various reasons for suggesting that this type of research be considered a high priority for feasibility studies and, subsequently, for technological development of appropriate melters and submersibles. With the assumption that Darwin's theory is valid for the evolution of life anywhere in the universe, various degrees of convergent phenomena argue in favor of the conjecture that universal evolution of intelligent behavior is just a matter of time and preservation of steady planetary conditions. A preliminary test of this conjecture is feasible with experiments involving evolutionary biosignatures on Europa. (author)
Authors:
Chela-Flores, Julian; [1]  . E-mail: chelaf@ictp.trieste.it [2] 
  1. Instituto de Estudios Avanzados, Caracas (Venezuela)
  2. Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste (Italy)
Publication Date:
Sep 01, 2002
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
IC-2002/125
Resource Relation:
Other Information: 14 refs; PBD: Sep 2002
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; BIOLOGICAL EVOLUTION; EUROPE; FEASIBILITY STUDIES; SOLAR SYSTEM; SOLAR SYSTEM EVOLUTION; UNIVERSE
OSTI ID:
20311633
Research Organizations:
Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste (Italy)
Country of Origin:
IAEA
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: XA0203689001888
Availability:
Available from INIS in electronic form
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
7 pages
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Citation Formats

Chela-Flores, Julian, and . E-mail: chelaf@ictp.trieste.it. Can evolutionary convergence be tested on Europa?. IAEA: N. p., 2002. Web.
Chela-Flores, Julian, & . E-mail: chelaf@ictp.trieste.it. Can evolutionary convergence be tested on Europa?. IAEA.
Chela-Flores, Julian, and . E-mail: chelaf@ictp.trieste.it. 2002. "Can evolutionary convergence be tested on Europa?" IAEA.
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