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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

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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