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Biologists confirm Algae Fossils in Extraterrestrial Meteorite

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03-12-2013, 01:10 PM
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Biologists confirm Algae Fossils in Extraterrestrial Meteorite

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/1...rrestrial-life

Not a major publication by any means, but if this is confirmed...

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Pretty cool.

I posted an article on here a little back about prebiotic molecules forming in deep space. Guessing these are somehow related.

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why isnt this all over the place yet if they confirmed some kind of extraterrestrial life , even if not intelligent^

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why isnt this all over the place yet if they confirmed some kind of extraterrestrial life , even if not intelligent^
Don't read headlines.

"These findings aren’t a slam dunk, though. According to our in-house biologist John Hewitt, there’s a strong possibility that the fossils aren’t actually biological in nature — they simply look biological. “This is kind of like finding a Q from Scrabble floating in space; it may be worth 10 points, but finding a few Es first would be a bit more convincing,” Hewitt says. There’s also the fact that the research was published in the Journal of Cosmology, a peer-reviewed journal that has come under critical scrutiny numerous times since it was established in 2009. The journal faced a lot of controversy when it published a paper by NASA engineer Richard Hoover claiming to have found fossils “similar to cyanobacteria” in meteorites."

If ExtremeTech.com is punching holes in it...

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The process of fossilization is not a simple one. I really doubt meteorite experiences the conditions to allow significant fossilization.

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