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Evidence of alien life ? Maybe you are descended from ET.


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A group of astro biologists have published a paper in which they argue they have found evidence of fossilised algae within some meteorite fragrents recovered in Sri Lanka, the suspicion is that this meteorite was originally part of a comet which would give substance to the theory that life on Earth began after being seeded from space.


On 29 December 2012, a fireball lit up the early evening skies over the Sri Lankan province of Polonnaruwa. Hot, sparkling fragments of the fireball rained down across the countryside and witnesses reported the strong odour of tar or asphalt.

The general properties of these three stones immediately mark them out as unusual. One stone, for example, had a density of less than 1 gram per cubic centimetre, less than all known carbonaceous meteorites. It had a partially fused crust, good evidence of atmospheric heating, a carbon content of up to 4 per cent and contained an abundance of organic compounds with a high molecular weight, which is not unknown in meteorites. On this evidence, Wallis and co think the fireball was probably a small comet.


The most startling claims, however, are based on electron microscope images of structures within the stones (see above). Wallis and co. say that one image shows a complex, thick-walled, carbon-rich microfossil about 100 micrometres across that bares similarities with a group of largely extinct marine dinoflagellate algae.


They say another image shows well-preserved flagella that are 2 micrometres in diameter and 100 micrometres long. By terrestrial standards, that’s extremely long and thin, which Wallis and co. interpret as evidence of formation in a low-gravity, low-pressure environment.




If the paper is taken at face value, one obvious question that arises is where these samples came from. Wallis and c.o have their own ideas: “The presence of fossilized biological structures provides compelling evidence in support of the theory of cometary panspermia first proposed over thirty years ago,” they say.
This is an idea put forward by Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe, the latter being a member of the team who has carried out this analysis.


Astrobiologists Find Ancient Fossils in Fireball Fragments | MIT Technology Review
 

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Have you ever been to Enniscorthy , if so you would know that it was the case.
Place is full of people of an unusual genetic makeup.
 

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Interesting photos.

If they do turn out to be algae, that in itself doesn't confirm panspermia 100% imo because it's still possible that abiogenesis occurred on Earth independently of what was happening elsewhere.

Although it certainly would have a huge impact on these various hypotheses.
 

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Interesting photos.

If they do turn out to be algae, that in itself doesn't confirm panspermia 100% imo because it's still possible that abiogenesis occurred on Earth independently of what was happening elsewhere.

Although it certainly would have a huge impact on these various hypotheses.
If microorganisms can form separately from life on earth that strengthens the possibility, however slight, that there could be civilizations like our own on other planets.

What does the Catholic Church has to say about all this?

If Jesus the only Son of God could only have been born on Earth then the f*ck is the gospel of salvation going to reach planets light years away when we only possess rockets?

The Catholic Church needs to lobby governments to start building starships capable of warp drive with extreme urgency.

Aliens MUST receive the Eucharist!!!!!!!
 

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Sounds pretty dodgy

'In a nutshell, they don’t establish the samples they examined were actually meteorites. They don’t establish they were from the claimed meteor event over Sri Lanka in December 2012. And perhaps most telling, they don’t eliminate the possibility of contamination; that is, diatoms got into the samples because those rocks were sitting on the Earth where diatoms are everywhere.

There’s more, too, including some unusual methods if you’re trying to establish a paradigm-overthrowing claim: They don’t consult with outside experts (including those in the fields of meteorites and diatoms), they don’t get independent confirmation from an outside lab, and they published in a journal that is, um, somewhat outside the mainstream of science.'

Meteorite life: Claims of fossils in a meteorite are still wrong.
 

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A group of astro biologists have published a paper in which they argue they have found evidence of fossilised algae within some meteorite fragrents recovered in Sri Lanka, the suspicion is that this meteorite was originally part of a comet which would give substance to the theory that life on Earth began after being seeded from space.
mmmmm.....

It might not even be necessary to go to Sri Lank to find such evidence.....

 

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Sounds pretty dodgy

'In a nutshell, they don’t establish the samples they examined were actually meteorites. They don’t establish they were from the claimed meteor event over Sri Lanka in December 2012. And perhaps most telling, they don’t eliminate the possibility of contamination; that is, diatoms got into the samples because those rocks were sitting on the Earth where diatoms are everywhere.

There’s more, too, including some unusual methods if you’re trying to establish a paradigm-overthrowing claim: They don’t consult with outside experts (including those in the fields of meteorites and diatoms), they don’t get independent confirmation from an outside lab, and they published in a journal that is, um, somewhat outside the mainstream of science.'

Meteorite life: Claims of fossils in a meteorite are still wrong.
So it's bogus?

It will be interesting so see how many lazy journalists with no scientific training will leap on this.
 

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So it's bogus?

It will be interesting so see how many lazy journalists with no scientific training will leap on this.
Not so much bogus as over-excited.
 

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Sounds pretty dodgy

'In a nutshell, they don’t establish the samples they examined were actually meteorites. They don’t establish they were from the claimed meteor event over Sri Lanka in December 2012. And perhaps most telling, they don’t eliminate the possibility of contamination; that is, diatoms got into the samples because those rocks were sitting on the Earth where diatoms are everywhere.

There’s more, too, including some unusual methods if you’re trying to establish a paradigm-overthrowing claim: They don’t consult with outside experts (including those in the fields of meteorites and diatoms), they don’t get independent confirmation from an outside lab, and they published in a journal that is, um, somewhat outside the mainstream of science.'

Meteorite life: Claims of fossils in a meteorite are still wrong.
From your reference,

I tend to be highly skeptical of claims involving burns and such, since most meteorites are cold upon impact. They spend a lot of time in deep space (where it’s cold) and are only heated briefly (like, for a few seconds at most) as they plow through the atmosphere.
That sir is hogwash, I was lucky enough to have witnessed such a meteorite spectacle many years ago and I can tell you that when that meteorite exploded I was doubly lucky to have found a smoking piece of it, it took hours to cool down enough to pick it up, being a young fellah of course I had to find that out from painful experience.

I am highly sceptical of your debunker.
 

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....feckin' algae....coming here....taking our jobs......it's about time we had an open and honest discussion about interplanetary simple autotrophic organisms...
 

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mmmmm.....

It might not even be necessary to go to Sri Lank to find such evidence.....
Indeed..............................

 

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....feckin' algae....coming here....taking our jobs......it's about time we had an open and honest discussion about interplanetary simple autotrophic organisms...
Will there be prams?
 

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A group of astro biologists have published a paper in which they argue they have found evidence of fossilised algae within some meteorite fragrents recovered in Sri Lanka, the suspicion is that this meteorite was originally part of a comet which would give substance to the theory that life on Earth began after being seeded from space.
Coming over here claiming our dole and getting free prams for their babies!
 
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