A group of Russian scientists have taken detailed images of fossilized microorganisms, including seaweed, which could only have originated on another planet and were in a meteorite that may be older than Earth itself.
Researchers have created high-resolution images of fossilized bacteria preserved in the Orgueil meteorite, discovered in France in 1864. The largest of the rare chondrite group CI, the celestial body has long captured the interest of scientists due to high concentrations of mercury and isotopically abnormal xenon. which are not typical for meteorites of this type.
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However, scientists from the Institute of Paleontology of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), one of the world’s leading research centers in the field of nuclear physics, now say they have received “Indisputable” evidence of the existence of life on another planet that may be older than Earth.
“The images we have taken are clearly interpreted. Now one cannot argue with them “, Alexei Rozanov, chief researcher at the JINR Astrobiological Center, told RIA Novosti. Scientists plan to release an album containing all the photos in November. However, they have already shared some images with the RIA.
Rozanov admitted that his group was not the first to find traces of life in the Orgueil meteorite. However, all the evidence found earlier was Misinterpreted because scientists simply refused to believe it to be true.
The Orgueil meteorite has repeatedly been at the center of speculation about traces of extraterrestrial life being found in it. At some point in 1965, a capsule with seeds was found in one of its fragments. However, the whole matter was quickly revealed as fraud.
Well-known NASA astrobiologist Richard Hoover later claimed to have found fossils in the meteorite, but NASA distanced itself from its claims at the time, citing a lack of peer reviews. Now, according to the RIA, Hoover has joined the Russian team to prove that the celestial object actually contains fossilized bacterial remains.
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The fossils were examined in detail using a high-resolution electron microscope, which allowed the researchers to detect several species of bacteria preserved in the space scale. Microorganic fossils were found inside the meteorite, not on its surface, the scientists note, adding that they could not get there after it had already fallen to Earth.
Some of the most striking discoveries include fossils of so-called magnetic bacteria. They rely on a planetary magnetic field to navigate the environment and are usually found in aquatic environments such as swamps, seas or lakes. More recently, the group also found traces of unicellular algae in the Orgueil meteorite, along with microorganisms resembling some species of amoebae.
These findings show that such microorganisms could have originated only on another planet that has a magnetic field and is at least partially covered with liquid water, explained Mikhail Kapralov, a junior associate in the JINR radiobiology laboratory.
It is not known how old the meteorite Orgueil is, but scientists believe it may be older than Earth or possibly even older than the solar system itself.
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“We show … that there is life in space. Or so it was [there], ” said the scientist.
The news comes just a day after an international team of researchers announced the discovery of phosphine gas in the clouds over Venus. Phosphine is considered a key biosignature because it is known to be produced only by certain bacteria and cannot be the result of certain chemical or physical processes that do not involve life forms. Scientists have concluded that it exists Opportunity that “There may be something that lives in the clouds of Venus.”
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