A group of Russian scientists has taken detailed photos of fossilized microorganisms, including algae, which may only have originated on another planet and were inside a meteorite that could be older than Earth itself.
Researchers created high-resolution photos of fossilized bacteria preserved inside the Orgueil meteorite, found in France in 1864. The celestial body, the largest in the group of chondrites CI, has long captivated the interest of scientists. due to high concentrations of mercury and isotopically. abnormal xenon that is not typical of meteorites of this type.
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However, scientists at 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, say which they have obtained “Undisputed” evidence of life existing on another planet, which could be older than Earth.
“The images we have made are clearly interpreted. Now you can’t argue with them. “ Aleksey Rozanov, head of research at the Center for Astrobiology JINR, told the news agency RIA Novosti. Scientists plan to release an album with all the photos in November. However, they have already shared some images with RIA.
Rozanov admitted that his group was not the first to find a trace of life in the Orgueil meteorite. All the evidence previously discovered, however, had been “Misinterpreted” since scientists simply refused to believe it was true.
The Orgueil meteorite was repeatedly found at the center of speculation about the traces of extraterrestrial life found there. Sometime in 1965, a seed capsule was found in one of its fragments. However, the whole affair quickly turned out to be a hoax.
Later, a renowned NASA astrobiologist, Richard Hoover, claimed to have found fossils in the meteorite, but NASA distanced itself from its claims at the time, citing the lack of peer reviews. Now, according to RIA, Hoover has joined the Russian team to prove that the celestial object, in fact, contains remains of fossilized bacteria.
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The fossils were studied in detail with the help of a high-resolution electron microscope, which allowed researchers to discover several species of bacteria preserved in space rock. The scientists noted that the microorganic fossils were found inside the meteorite and not on its surface, adding that they would not have been able to reach it after it had already fallen to Earth.
Some of the most surprising discoveries include fossils of so-called magnetic bacteria. They rely on a planetary magnetic field to orient themselves to the environment and are often found in aquatic environments such as swamps, seas or lakes. More recently, the group also found remnants of unicellular algae in the Orgueil meteorite, along with microorganisms similar to some amoeba species.
These findings show that these microorganisms could only originate on another planet that has a magnetic field and is at least partially covered by liquid water, explained Mikhail Kapralov, a young researcher at the JINR radiobiology laboratory.
It is not known exactly how old the Orgueil meteorite is, but scientists believe it could be much older than Earth or probably even older than the solar system itself.
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“We show … that there is life in space. Or at least 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 above Venus. Phosphine is considered a key biosignature, as it is known to be produced only by certain bacteria and cannot be the result of some chemical or physical processes that do not involve life forms. Scientists concluded that there is one “Possibility” that “There could be something living in the clouds of Venus.”
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