According to the abiogenesis theory of the origin of life, the primitive atmosphere consisted primarily of:
A) CH4, H2O, O3
B) NH3, O2, H2
C) NH3, CH4, H2
D) O2, CH4, H2O
The abiogenesis theory posits that early in Earth’s history, the atmosphere was made up of a “primordial soup” of gases that created a highly reducing environment. Oxygen and ozone were not present, as they would have oxidized any biological macromolecules. Thus, choices (A), (B), and (D) are wrong.