Russian Scientists Reveal Photos of Extraterrestrial Fossil Microorganism
In a stunning announcement, Russian scientists have shared images of fossilised alien microorganisms, including a single-celled seaweed
Just one day after the revelation that phosphine gas has been identified in the atmosphere of Venus, strongly suggesting living colonies of bacteria, a new story is taking us further towards confirmation of extraterrestrial life.
A team of scientists from the Paleontology Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) claim “indisputable” evidence of alien life has been identified. The fossils were imaged inside a meteorite that is suspected to be even older than our own planet.
Known as the Orgueil meteorite, this unusually large example of a rare chondrite type of impactor was found in 1864 and has been the focus of several bold claims in the past. Chemically the composition is itself anomalous, with high levels of mercury and the presence of the unexpected isoptope xenon. The latest development in the story involves high-resolution photos taken through an electron microscope.
“The images we’ve made are clearly interpreted. One cannot argue with them now,” Aleksey Rozanov, the chief research officer at the JINR Astrobiology Center, told news agency RIA Novosti.
The team acknowledge that there have been past claims of life in the meteorite which have been refuted, however they feel the new images offer unambiguous proof.
In 2011, the respected NASA astrobiologist, Richard Hoover, published a paper on fossils he identified in the meteorite. At the time the scientific community, including NASA, remained highly sceptical due to the lack of peer review. Purportedly Hoover is currently collaborating with the Russian team.
The fossils are described as representing multiple species of bacteria, preserved deep within the space rock. The presence of fossils within the rock support claims they were present prior to impact and do not represent later surface contamination by terrestrial microbes.
The initial description of the finds points to the stone having broken away from a lake or seabed as the organisms include a possible seaweed, an amoeba and so-called magnetic bacteria that orient themselves to a planet’s magnetic field and are typically found in water environments here on Earth. This could potentially tell us a little about the environment on the planet of origin – should the finds be verified.
“We show… that there is life in space. Or, at least, it was there,” offered Mikhail Kapralov, a junior fellow at the JINR radiobiology laboratory.
It seems that 2020 is shaping up to be the year extraterrestrial life becomes widely accepted by the public and perhaps even the academic community. The latter will want these claims very well vetted and verified. Perhaps we can expect to hear some more about the origins of those anomalous Navy UFOs to make it three for three?