Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by goou111
The researchers at Cardiff are now reporting that they’re sure that these fragments come from an extraterrestrial meteorite
The trouble is, those are the same researchers. There has been no independent verification and still no peer review.
Actually they're not the same researchers, they're not the discoverers.
The Cardiff researchers ARE the peers reviewing the evidence and are independently saying the evidence is strong that what they are finding is...life,
ancient non-terrestrial fossil life, but still.
I don't suppose some people will be satisfied until a thumbs up is given from literally everyone alive engaged in that field of research.
This isn't the first time this circus has happended either folks...remember Martian meteorite ALH84001 from 1996?
Despite electron microscope images of bacteria-like fossil remains contained within it, science first said it wasn't bacteria (or analogues to
bacteria), but was just mineral deposits....then science decided it was bacteria-like fossils, but that the bacteria crawled into the meteorite after
it had landed on Earth.
Now, apparently due to advances in microscopy (or advances in policy - you decide) the scientific consensus is that ALH84001 does contain strong
evidence of ancient fossil, non-terrestrial microbes.
The NASA team's report says that magnetite fossils "with unusual chemical and physical properties" in the meteorite are "intimately associated
within and throughout these carbonate disks".
They believe this is clear evidence that the fossils are microbes from Mars and not bugs from Earth that contaminated the rock in the last few
thousand years. The new findings appear in a 46-page scientific paper being published this month in the respected journal of the Geochemical and
That was a quote from 'Scientific American' 2009.
Scientific American ALH84001 Microbe
Being researched by a NASA team, and published by a well respected peer review journal, is a reasonably solid endorsement. Not solid enough for some
armchair critics...but for most it is.
Having said that, we have to decide if we trust the word of science at all these days. They can't even decide if the Universe is actual random matter
or is a designed, holographic projection of some kind..which would also presumably include all of us, and the fossil bacteria...
If we do trust it, science has detected precursor molecules for Amino acids, both in our own Solar System, and around other Stars, we've found fossil
microbes in rocks from Mars, and are speculating from a position where we are individuals among Billions of other forms of life on Earth...and now
another meteorite has been peer reviewed and found to 'strongly indicate' non-terrestrial fossil organic life.
As far as i know, nobody is claiming these bacteria flew here in artificial 'spaceships' (holographic or not), those so inclined to rabid scepticism
for the sake of it in a thread, can save your energies for routinely dubunking UFO threads as per usual..ancient bacteria is not a threat to ego or
perceived online reputation.
It just means microbial life is or was existent 'out there'...which as most sane people who live on a rock populated by uncountable trillions of them,
don't find that particularly surprising or controversial.
edit on 11-3-2013 by MysterX because: added text