The Environment
Planet Vesta is approximately 4.5 billion years old, slightly older than the planet Earth. The first life form on Planet Vesta is believed to have emerged approximately 3.5 billion years ago close to the north eastern shores of Anoba in the warm waters of the Sea of Madrone and the Manticore Ocean. The first life form was a small unicellular organism that was believed to have arisen through chemistry. It is believed that light, heat, and electricity from Planet Vesta¡¯s sun, Hestia and underwater volcanoes contributed to the creation of the first life form on Vesta. It is also believed that ammonia, phosphoric salts, sulfur, nitrogen, and other energy sources also helped in its creation.
Early Life Forms
On Earth, all living things are made up of one or more cells. Early life on Planet Vesta also begins with single celled organisms. These single celled organisms are called ryons. Most ryons are too small to be seen with the naked eyes. All ryons carry out the basic functions of life. Living things come only from other living things. Ryons keep living things organized.

The formation of ryons involved water, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and ATP. Proteins are large molecules that are made up of amino acids. Proteins have many functions, including regulating chemical reactions, transporting and storing materials, and providing support. Ryons use carbohydrates and lipids for energy storage. Lipids also help make up ryon membranes. Nucleic acid helps ryons store information needed to build more proteins. ATP (adenosine triphosphate) provides fuel for ryon¡¯s activities.

Development and Adaptation
All living things grow during periods of their lives. Growth in singled-ryoned organisms occurs as cells get larger. Organisms made up of many ryons grow mainly by increasing their number of ryons. In addition to getting larger, living things also develop and change as they grow. Growth in organisms is dependent on energy sources such as food and heat.

Adaptation is an important characteristic that all organisms need to possess to survive and reproduce in their living environments. Adaptation can include structures and behavior changes for protection, finding food, and for moving from place to place. Organisms evolve physically over time to adapt to their environment. Organisms that are unable to adapt to their living environment usually die out. A huge number of species have died out since the first life form emerged on Planet Vesta and have been replaced by newer species. The evolution of organisms on Planet Vesta is similar to that of Earth. Evolution through natural selection, selective breeding, and genetic inheritance are present on Planet Vesta.


Formation of New Species
Sion- Sion are very similar to the pseudopodia cells on Earth. They are found mostly in salt water. They have no chloroplasts and have lost their photosynthetic abilities. These result in their need to travel around the water and consume organic matters. They spend their life as dedicated consumers.

Teon- The teon is a cell that provides food for small animals in the ocean. Teons are the most numerous of all cells in the oceans. Their structures are similar to ryons. Its flagella are embedded within the body of the cell when not in use. The flagella extend when moving through the water. Teons also feed on organic material through the flagella.

Paon-The paon is a single-celled alga which is characterized by it jagged cell walls and chloroplasts. Paons are found in the Manticore Ocean. They reproduce by the means of asexual reproduction.

All living things on Earth reproduce and also on Planet Vesta. Reproduction on Planet Vesta is similar to that of Earth. Reproduction is accomplished by either asexual reproduction or sexual reproduction. In asexual reproduction, a single ¡°parent¡± produces offspring that are identical to the parent. Most single-ryoned organisms reproduce by the means of asexual reproduction. Unlike asexual reproduction, sexual reproduction almost always requires two parents to produce offspring that will share characteristics of both parents. Most animals and plants reproduce by sexual reproduction. On Earth, DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is passed from the parents to the offspring during reproduction. The same occurs during reproduction on Planet Vesta. DNA provides instructions for making proteins. Proteins take part in most all activities of an organism¡¯s ryons. Proteins also determine an organism¡¯s characteristics.

Sense and Behavior
All organisms on Planet Vesta have the ability to sense change. Although each organism responds to change differently, all organisms must maintain a stable internal environment to survive. On Earth, this stable internal environment is called homeostasis. Organisms unable to maintain homeostasis slowly disappear from the world.

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