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The Mad Monk
29-08-2013, 17:33:06
Life On Earth Started On Mars, Say Scientists
There is growing evidence we are really Martians and that "life started on Mars and came to Earth on a rock".
8:29am UK, Thursday 29 August 2013
View of Mars (Nasa)

The Red Planet is where it all began apparently


Life on Earth may have started millions of miles away on Mars, according to scientists.

An element believed to be crucial to the origin of life would only have been available on the surface of the Red Planet.

These "seeds" of life probably arrived on Earth in meteorites blasted off Mars by impacts or volcanic eruptions, Geochemist Professor Steven Benner claims.

Prof Benner, from The Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology in the US, said: "The evidence seems to be building that we are actually all Martians; that life started on Mars and came to Earth on a rock."

Speaking at the Goldschmidt 2013 conference in Florence, Italy, he said: "It's lucky that we ended up here nevertheless, as certainly Earth has been the better of the two planets for sustaining life.
NASA's Curiosity rover celebrates one year on Mars Images from NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars

"If our hypothetical Martian ancestors had remained on Mars, there might not have been a story to tell."

Prof Benner said the element molybdenum was thought to be a catalyst that helped organic molecules develop into the first living things.

"This form of molybdenum couldn't have been available on Earth at the time life first began, because three billion years ago the surface of the Earth had very little oxygen, but Mars did.

"It's yet another piece of evidence which makes it more likely life came to Earth on a Martian meteorite, rather than starting on this planet."

He added: "Analysis of a Martian meteorite recently showed that there was boron on Mars; we now believe that the oxidised form of molybdenum was there too."

Another reason why life would have struggled to start on early Earth was that it was likely to have been covered by water, said Prof Benner.

http://news.sky.com/story/1134431/life-on-earth-started-on-mars-say-scientists

Cue the Twilight Zone theme in...3...2...1...

zmama
29-08-2013, 18:00:45
Kewl stuff!

Oerdin
29-08-2013, 18:12:25
This is an interesting theory which has been floating around for some time now. I still have to think Occam's Razor applies and the more simple solution is more likely to be what actually happened though.

MDA
29-08-2013, 20:40:52
Life still endures in the jungles of Phobos, and it watches us.

Lurker
29-08-2013, 21:22:18
By the logic of that article, life on earth started in a lot of places.

RedFred
30-08-2013, 03:53:13
"Being disintegrated makes me very angry!"

Funko
30-08-2013, 07:45:42
It's interesting stuff.

jsorense
30-08-2013, 09:54:14
It's interesting stuff.
No it isn't. :coolgrin:

Funko
30-08-2013, 09:58:46
No you aren't.

jsorense
30-08-2013, 10:05:16
Not according to the NSA. :smoke:

Funko
30-08-2013, 10:23:14
Apparently you are the only person they aren't monitoring, because you are so dull

DaShi
31-08-2013, 03:14:49
Actually it's a budget issue. If he could be monitored by satellite, he's be monitored more.

Get out more jsorense! We know you're jogging less than you say you are.

Funko
02-09-2013, 08:25:27
If you can call hobbling to the front door on his zimmer 'jogging'

jsorense
02-09-2013, 16:37:18
If you can call hobbling to the front door on his zimmer 'jogging'One can and I do. :bounce:

zmama
02-09-2013, 16:52:20
:lol:

Funko
03-09-2013, 07:37:23
I don't know if it's ok to mock jsorense as much as this.

Funko
03-09-2013, 07:37:37
So little I mean.

MDA
03-09-2013, 10:47:28
Are we making fun of Mr. G, or jsorense?

jsorense
03-09-2013, 10:58:58
There is nothing worse than being ignored. :(

MOBIUS
03-09-2013, 11:08:55
Someone say something? Greg?

Funko
03-09-2013, 12:57:01
I think it's Greg's Grandad.

zmama
03-09-2013, 13:03:53
There is nothing worse than being ignored. :(

We pay attention!:mr_b:

MOBIUS
03-09-2013, 13:13:38
I think it's Greg's Grandad.

Granddad Gaylord?