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Scientists "We're All From Mars"

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2004 16:09:30 -0500
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Subject: Scientists "We're All From Mars"

Source: Australian IT


January 30, 2004

Scientists "We're All From Mars"

Graeme Webber

The Martians are not coming - they've probably already arrived
on earth. And we could be their descendants.

Two Australian scientists have developed new technology to
confirm claims by NASA that a meteorite from Mars found in
Antarctica in 1984 contained microscopic fossils from the red

Scientists have fiercely debated whether the ancient,
microscopic compounds were deposited by ancient bacteria or
natural chemical reactions - and whether such bacteria was
Martian or moved in after the meteorite fell to earth.

But biophysicist Dr Tony Taylor from the Australian Nuclear
Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) in Sydney and the
University of Queensland's Professor John Barry devised a new
technique which they say affirms the Martian microbe theory
"beyond reasonable doubt".

Dr Taylor said the research raised intriguing questions about
the origins of life on Mars and its planetary neighbour, Earth,
and whether meteorites could have seeded living organisms
through space.

Dr Taylor said the ancient fossil fragments were dated to 3.95
billion years old.

The meteorite was found on top of the polar ice, but Dr Taylor
said the bacteria could not have formed on earth in such sub-
zero temperatures.

"The carbonate (residue from bacteria) and obviously all of the
materials of the fossils inside it were all formed on Mars and
definitely could not have been produced here on Earth," Dr
Taylor said.

"The fossils pre-date any fossil evidence of life on this

"So it demonstrates quite clearly that there was life on Mars
before there was life on Earth.

"And with this fossil record that we've got now, it indicates
that life probably came from Mars."

The findings were published in the latest edition of the Journal
of Microscopy.

Using an electron microscope and ultra violet light, the
Australian researchers compared meteorite ALH84001 with bacteria
fossils produced on Earth and matched all 11 features of their

"It's more conclusive than finding a T-rex skeleton," Dr Taylor

Dr Taylor said bacteria could easily hitch a ride through the
solar system when asteroids blasted rocks off planets into

"A simple life form could very easily survive the ejection
process," Dr Taylor said.

"So inside the rock, protected from gamma rays, freeze-dried;
indefinitely-preserved life is not only possible, it's probable.

"The conditions experienced on re-entry are not enough to kill
life forms, so it is accepted as being highly probable that life
could transmit from one planet to another."

But Dr Taylor's research partner was more cautious about
speculating what the discovery could mean for the origins of

"That particular fossil that came was just a fossil, it wasn't
living matter," Prof Barry said.

"But whether all Earth life came from Mars or whether life on
Earth developed independently is another question.

"If it (life) came from Mars then we're all descendants of
Martians - we're Martians - it's kind of a sexy idea, but I
don't know."

Prof Barry, a physicist who supervised Dr Taylor in the project,
said the Mars rock inspired the quest to land robotic rover
probes on the planet this month to eke out geological signs of

"People would like to know whether there's life outside of Earth
and this adds extra evidence that supports that idea," Prof
Barry said.

Emeritus Professor Imre Friedmann, now at NASA Ames Research
Center in California, was thrilled by the latest research which
confirmed the space agency's earlier findings.

"The study of Taylor and Barry now presents evidence that the
same features occur in a wide range of bacteria that live on
Earth today," Prof Friedmann said.

"The tiny structures, chains of crystals of the mineral
magnetite, are comparable to animal skeletons on a microscopic

Another name that appears in the research paper is Tamarind, Dr
Taylor's dingo-cross pet dog which helped sniff out the right
bacteria during a field trip.

"She knows what the word 'stinky' means so I told her to go and
find 'stinky mud' and she did exactly that," Dr Taylor said.

"She came back covered in putrid, foul mud and low and behold in
the mud that she had found, I found great specimens of these


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