The Quest for a Universal Theory of Life

The Quest for a Universal Theory of Life: Searching for Life As We Don't Know It

Aug. 6, 2019

Read about CSO Director Carol Cleland's upcoming book on the nature, origins, and extent of life, published by Cambridge University Press.

Petroglyphs on Newspaper Rock

Is Desert Varnish A Pathway to Detecting 'Alien' Life?

July 16, 2019

CSO Director Carol Cleland speaks to KSL TV about the possibility of a "shadow biosphere".


Was Jesus a Greek Philosopher?

Feb. 15, 2019

CSO Faculty Samuel Boyd with the Program for Jewish Studies here at the University of Colorado Boulder speaks on the parallels between the life of Greek philosopher Apollonius and Jesus


Dimitri Nakassis and Bronze Age Bookkeeping

Feb. 7, 2019

CSO Faculty Dimitri Nakassis uses ancient writings and new imaging techniques to delve into the daily lives of everyday people thousands of years ago...


CSO Faculty Samuel Boyd delves into the Bible..

Dec. 18, 2018

Think the Bible is fully understood? CU scholar begs to differ


A Quest, for Old, Cold Mud

March 26, 2018

Origins Graduate Fellow alum Sarah Crump has recently been venturing deep into the Canadian Arctic in search of lake sediments that hold clues to the past climate history of the Arctic...


Spring Symposium Keynote Address: Dr. Clive Oppenheimer

Feb. 20, 2018

CSO Spring 2018 Symposium: Volcanoes, the Failures of the Gods, and the Collapses of Empires On Friday, February 9th, 2018, Dr. Clive Oppenheimer of Cambridge University gave the keynote address for the symposium on The Long-range Consequences of Volcanic Eruptions. If you missed the keynote, see the first hour of...


Beyond Boulder: Digging in the Arctic mud for answers to climate change

Oct. 25, 2017

Working from a small boat on the choppy lake waters in northern Canada, Sarah Crump, a paleoclimatologist, pulls up a 5-foot mud core sample from the undisturbed lakebed. Crump and her research team work with a sense of urgency. Even in summer, bad weather can move in quickly. And they...


Ancient Colorado: An Analog for the Origins of Life

Oct. 10, 2017

On a cool fall morning this past October, graduate fellows from the Center for the Study of Origins (CSO) ventured in the mountains to get a hands on experience with some of Earths oldest lifeforms Just a short drive north of Boulder, CO, Heil Ranch is more commonly associated with...



Sept. 29, 2017

Earlier this spring, Rebecca Rapf and her advisor, Veronica Vaidia Published an article on the role of our young sun on the origin of life on Earth. High energy, ultraviolet radiation from the Sun is a known to hazard to life, yet the energy provided by our star has played...