Have scientists found life outside our planet from meteorite rocks that landed in Sri Lanka last year?
A new study has been released claiming algae-like structures found inside fragments of a meteorite that hit Sri Lanka in 2012 prove that life exists elsewhere in the Universe. The paper released by a team of international scientists, show fossilized life forms from outer space living inside meteorite rocks. The authors believe their findings show concrete evidence of panspermia or the hypothesis that life exists throughout the universe.
In December 2012, a fireball was seen over the skies of Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka. Over the following few days, fragments of the fireball were collected and sent to Sri Lanka’s Medical Research Institute, where initial microscopic analysis revealed siliceous micro algae known as diatoms.
The researchers at Cardiff are now reporting that they’re sure that these fragments come from an extraterrestrial meteorite and that there are definitely “fossilized biological structures” within them.
On the opposite side of the argument skeptics are beginning to question how real this finding actually is. Fragments from the meteorite were sent to Cardiff University in Wales for further analysis.
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Out of the 628 rock fragments that were sent to Cardiff’s Jamie Wallis, only three were ruled to have been part of the meteorite. One of the samples had a small density (1 gram per cubic centimeter), smaller than any other known carbonaceous meteorites. It also had up to four percent carbon content and a partially fused crust, which suggests the rock endured atmospheric heat. The rock, believed to be a small comet, also contained many organic compounds.
The findings and reports from these scientists are being scrutinized on whether the rocks they found showing algae-like structures were indeed from outer space or whether they were rocks that have existed in the area prior to the meteorite landing.
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