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    is down the fact

    Does "is down the fact" mean "due to the fact"?

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    So what makes Earth so special? Turns out, itís us. Well, our earliest ancestors, at least. The researchers suggest that the success of life on Earth is down the fact that the earliest life forms actually had a stabilising effect on the rapidly fluctuating environment. "Most early planetary environments are unstable,"says Chopra. "To produce a habitable planet, life forms need to regulate greenhouse gases such as water and carbon dioxide to keep surface temperatures stable."

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    Re: is down the fact

    There should be a 'to' after 'down'.

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    Re: is down the fact

    But it does have that meaning.

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    Re: is down the fact

    The following definition may be worth the OP's reference.
    '20 be down to somebody/something ...to be the result of one person's actions or one particular thing.'── quoted from www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/down_1
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