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A new understanding of biology shows that life originates in a community and that individuality evolves when beings work together.
 
 

Description: Show Description Hydrothermal vents create millions of tiny spaces just right for proto-cells. Reproduced with permission from Deborah S. Kelley and the Oceanography Society (Oceanography, Dec. 2007).
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