What life exists in living and nonliving things?

If your alright with nonspecific species, then bacteria are the answer. They are ubiquitous and many are autotrophic; they make their own food, some literally metabolizing rock. They are a foundational lifeform. Even viruses can’t match them, as they require DNA/RNA to live (they require life to live). There are bacteria that require no host or life to eat and so are the answer to your question. Research deep sea vents for more about water to crust interfacing bacteria. Then research bacteria discovered in deep rock from mines. You’ll come to find the organisms of our planet that make their living from nonliving things are bacterial. They likely have viruses in them, but those viruses require their life. The bacterial host requires the Earth’s matter and energy to live.

Puts things into perspective…


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