A group of Russian scientists have taken detailed photographs of fossilized microorganisms, including seaweed, which could only have originated on another planet and were inside a meteorite that could be older than Earth itself.
Researchers have created high-resolution photographs of fossilized bacteria preserved inside the Orgueil meteorite found in France in 1864. 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 claim to have received “Undeniable” evidence of the existence of life on another planet that could be older than Earth.
“The images we took are clearly interpreted. You can’t argue with them now. “ This was announced by Chief Research Fellow of the JINR Astrobiology Center Oleksiy Rozanov. In November, scientists plan to release an album containing all the photos. 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 meteorite Orhei. However, all previously discovered evidence was “Misinterpreted” because scientists simply refused to believe it to be true.
The Orgeil meteorite has repeatedly been at the center of speculation about traces of extraterrestrial life that have reportedly been found in it. At some point in 1965, a seed capsule was found in one of its fragments. However, the whole thing quickly turned out to be a hoax.
Well-known NASA astrobiologist Richard Hoover later claimed to have found fossils in the meteorite, but NASA distanced itself from its statements at the time, citing a lack of reviews. Now, according to RIA, Hoover has joined the Russian team to prove that the celestial object actually contains fossilized bacterial remains.
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The minerals were studied in detail using a high-resolution electron microscope, which allowed researchers to detect several species of bacteria preserved in the space rock. Microorganic fossils were found inside the meteorite, not on its surface, scientists say, adding that they could not get there after it had already fallen to Earth.
Among the most striking discoveries are the fossils of so-called magnetic bacteria. They rely on a planetary magnetic field to orient themselves in the environment, and they are usually found in aquatic environments such as swamps, seas or lakes. More recently, the group also found traces of unicellular algae in the Orhei meteorite, along with microorganisms similar to some species of amoebae.
These discoveries show that such microorganisms could have arisen only on another planet, which has a magnetic field and is at least partially covered by liquid water, explained Mikhail Kapralov, a junior researcher at the JINR Radiobiology Laboratory.
It is not known exactly how old the Orheil meteorite is, but scientists believe that it may well be older than Earth or perhaps 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 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 any chemical or physical processes that do not involve life forms. Scientists have concluded that it exists “Possibility” what “Maybe something lives in the clouds of Venus.”
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