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Lots of speculation that each was formed (or deformed, as it were) by the same event that produced most of what is in asteroid belt.
Phaeton (alternatively Phaethon or Phaëton) was the hypothetical planet theorized by the Titius–Bode law to have existed between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter,
With last week’s news that NASA’s Mars Curiosity rover detected "tough" organic molecules in 3-billion-year-old sedimentary rocks within five centimeters of the surface, at least one prominent planetary scientist thinks that the debate over whether Mars first seeded Earth with life or vice-versa will only intensify.
It'd make sense that they colonized Ceres 1st, just as we've been to Luna before heading out to Mars.
You stopped reading, didn't you?
The formation of the Asteroid belt due to this would have had a huge impact on Martian life sustainability.
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: charlyv
That's a rather dated (and not well regarded) hypothesis. Evidence doesn't really support it.
Quite the contrary actually. It is currently thought, generally, that the "asteroid belt" is a result of accretion. The gravitational influence of Jupiter preventing the formation of larger bodies.
It turns out that most asteroids come for either the crust,mantle or core of another body.
There are samples?
Psyche 16, is a core object that captured Gold, Platinum, Silver, Palladium
Growth of asteroids, planetary embryos, and Kuiper belt objects by chondrule accretion
The 'evidence', as it were, is all there.
Ceres (/ˈsɪəriːz/; minor-planet designation: 1 Ceres) is the largest object in the main asteroid belt that lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. With a diameter of 940 km (580 mi), Ceres is both the largest of the asteroids and the only dwarf planet inside Neptune's orbit.
Try reading what it actually says.
Surface temp. Ceres (/ˈsɪəriːz/; minor-planet designation: 1 Ceres) is the largest object in the main asteroid belt that lies between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. ... It is the 25th-largest body in the Solar System within the orbit of Neptune