Minerals evolved along with life

The number of minerals in the solar system has increased through time, and some minerals on Earth exist because of life

1:11pm, November 13, 2008

Think evolution is something that happens only to plants and animals? Think again, say scientists who point out that evolution — change through time — happens in the mineral kingdom as well. As our solar system has aged, the number of types of minerals it contains has burgeoned from only a dozen or so to well over 4,000.

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