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March 5th, 2011

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11:36 pm
I try to post more at a time than just links -- really. This is too awesome to wait for me to figure out something to write about though!

Fossils of Cyanobacteria in CI1 Carbonaceous Meteorites

For those of you who don't speak science, that translates to "Some dude took a microscope to a rare type of meteorite and found imprints that appear to be fossilized bacteria."

We've seen things that look like alien life before, but this seems to be much closer to the real deal.

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Date:March 6th, 2011 11:07 am (UTC)
Murchison Meteorite, eat your heart out!
Date:March 7th, 2011 04:05 am (UTC)
It's a crank article from a crank journal.

I've linked you to PZ Myers' assessment of the "science."
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Date:March 7th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)
Crank journal, I was willing to ignore. Especially since NASA bothered to put an article on Hoover's work.

I agree that after a fashion, their investigation comes down to pattern matching. The article suggests up front that it has found eukaryotic cells -- which is a bit of a surprise, but not impossible.

It's that same sense of pattern matching which lends itself to paleontology here on Earth. It extends the same basic preconception to that of a foreign body. Whether or not that's valid or not is for further study of those meteorites to tell. I don't necessarily consider that supposition worthy of the term "crank science".

P.Z. Meyers's only other valid criticism seems to be that it's not a well written article. I don't deny that, but I don't see that as an indictment of the work. In all probability, that goes along with the editors of a "crank journal". I'm willing to forgive that.
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Date:March 11th, 2011 10:05 pm (UTC)
I've also heard this story was from some illegitimate source. Anything more on this?

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