Did a Sri Lanka Meteorite Have Fossils Inside?
Scientists fuel controversy with big claim
By Matt Cantor, Newser User | Suggested by AstroDude
Posted Mar 12, 2013 2:40 PM CDT
A meteorite has been reported to contain fossils.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A group of scientists says a December meteorite over Sri Lanka held "fossilized biological structures"—but many of their colleagues aren't convinced. According to the pro-fossil team, electronic microscope images show tiny pieces of algae known as diatoms, supporting the idea of "panspermia." The theory—developed in part by one of the scientists involved—holds that asteroids distribute biological matter while on the move. The scientists say their discovery is among the biggest in centuries, NPR reports.

But other experts have suggested that the meteorite may simply have been contaminated. It's also possible "that the fireball was of terrestrial origin," notes MIT's Technology Review; indeed, the Meteoritical Society doesn't have a record of the Sri Lanka meteorite. Another explanation: The material inside may not be biological at all. But the group behind the finding is standing its ground. "The highly intricate and woven patterns on the outer shells of diatoms are impossible to generate by any other process than biology," says one. "The cosmic ancestry of humans becomes ever more securely established."

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Mar 13, 2013 11:37 AM CDT
so someone found something that may or may not be a meteor, that may or may not have a fossil in it? I think I may, or may not, have something like that in my yard.
Mar 13, 2013 10:31 AM CDT
Didn't someone find a meteorite with fossils in it a few years ago in Antarctica? It seems it was during Clinton's Administration. Is this just a redux?
Mar 13, 2013 7:56 AM CDT
This is 10,000 times more logical than Earth Based Evolution... Sorry Darwin.. It doesn’t at all help solve the actual Origins of life.. It explains how species appeared and then disappeared.. And then out of the blue others reappeared.. It is our understanding of death that longs for an afterlife. It is the source of intelligent mans longing for God and Religion. So naturally we would wish to seed other planets.. In Other Solar Systems.. But we are wasting our money on mars..