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How the Solar System didn't form

Standard planet-formation models have been unable to reconstruct the distributions of the Solar System's small, rocky planets and asteroids in the same simulation. A new analysis suggests that it cannot be done.

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Figure 1: The inner Solar System and outcomes of simulations of its formation.

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The author declares competing interests: He has published papers with one of the authors of the paper discussed in the News & Views article (Alessandro Morbidelli), but on different research topics from that discussed in the article.

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Tsiganis, K. How the Solar System didn't form. Nature 528, 202–203 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature16322

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