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Tue Jan 15, 2013, 01:30 AM

 

METEORITE WITH EVIDENCE OF LIFE FROM OUTER SPACE DESCRIBED MOST IMPORTANT FIND IN 500 YEARS

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Posted on January 13th, 2013
by Walter Jayawardhana

Following extensive lab work in the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka four scientists in a paper said , “We report the discovery for the first time of fossilized diatoms in a carbonaceous meteorite that fell on 29 December 2012”. Diatoms are a variety of algae.

They very firmly said contamination, a hazard scientists face when examining things fallen from the sky on the ground is excluded in the meteorite they have named Polonnaruwa.

The four scientists, Chandra Wickramasinghe, J. Wallis, D.H.Wallis, and Anil Samaranayaka said, there are also structures in the meteorite similar to the red rain cells that fell within days in the area.

The team in a paper to be published in the Journal of Cosmology added, “The new data on fossil diatom provide strong evidence to support the theory of Cometary Panspermia” -a theory that says life came to our planet earth and other worlds hitchhiking on comets from far corners of the universe.



POLONNARUWA METEORITE UNDER ELECTRONIC MICROSCOPE

The leader of the team, Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe from the Buckingham Center for Astrobiology in UK told this correspondent, “”I think the discovery of an unequivocal microbial structure such as a diatom deeply trapped in the rock matrix proves beyond doubt that this life existed in the parent comet from which the meteorite was derived. The highly intricate and woven patterns on the outer shells of diatoms are impossible to generate by any other process than biology. This could ultimately turn out to be the most important scientific discovery in 500 years. The cosmic ancestry of humans becomes ever more securely established.”

“People might try to say that what we found were terrestrial contaminants. Contamination after landing on Earth is ruled out absolutely because of the way the diatoms are woven between the rock matrix. In any case we found many diatom types that are not known to be present on the soil where the meteorite landed.”


http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2013/01/13/polonnaruwa-meteorite-with-evidence-of-life-from-outer-space-described-the-most-important-find-in-500-years/

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Reply METEORITE WITH EVIDENCE OF LIFE FROM OUTER SPACE DESCRIBED MOST IMPORTANT FIND IN 500 YEARS (Original post)
DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav Jan 2013 OP
reminder2 Jan 2013 #1
DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav Jan 2013 #2
Chichiri Jan 2013 #3
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greyl Jan 2013 #4
Electric Monk Jan 2013 #5
DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav Jan 2013 #11
flamingdem Jan 2013 #7
dimbear Jan 2013 #8
Sunlei Jan 2013 #9
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Kurovski Jan 2013 #10
Berlum Jan 2013 #13
NickB79 Jan 2013 #14
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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 01:39 AM

1. Thanks

for posting this. Very interesting read!

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Response to reminder2 (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 01:41 AM

2. You're welcome. It's nice to read some good news for a change.

 

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 02:04 AM

3. The most well-known living shill for panspermia finds this three weeks after it falls to Earth?

Until the peer reviewed confirmation comes in, I'm calling bullshit.

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Response to Chichiri (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 02:48 AM

6. It will be interesting to see if there is more news.

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 02:11 AM

4. Might be awesome, but not convincing yet.

Especially because Chandra Wickramasinghe was

"the only scientist testifying for the defense of creationism and against evolution at the scientific/creationist trial in Arkansas."

http://cosmicseed.com/2013/01/polonnaruwa-hard-evidence-of-panspermia-or-bad-science/


and he's the one who says it's the most important find in 500 years.

(bold mine)

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Response to greyl (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 02:22 AM

5. It's times like this I miss the Unrec function. nt

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Response to greyl (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:13 AM

11. Why cant there be both creation and evolution? I find it hard to believe we're the only things

 

alive in the universe. If we could travel to other planets and we wanted to steal their natural resources and they weren't as advanced as us, we'd tell them we were Gods, make a rule book up for them and steal what we wanted. We've been murdering and stealing our way around the planet as it stands. What if they mixed some DNA of there's with ours, thus the "creation" story, yet everything else evolved.

None of us know anything for sure, but a lot of credible science leans towards the earth being much older than the bible tells us. When this is finally proved without a shadow of a doubt, the creationists will just move the goal post again saying "so what that still doesn't prove anything."

I like to keep an open mind and hope to see more on this.

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 03:12 AM

8. pdf of the article:

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 03:19 AM

9. How do we know this is a meteorite? and how do we know if it is, it didn't sit somewhere on earth...

long enough for diatom earth fossils to form in and on it?

lacking peer review, lots of experts out there..please submit the article for peer review. There should be thousands of cheering experts, not just a few who made press releases and wrote one article.

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Response to Sunlei (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:19 AM

12. How do we know it isn't ejecta from an asteroid strike on earth?

We know that there have been many such strikes during the time when life already existed on this planet.

Some of that debris could be sent on trajectories which could take many millions of years for re-entry.

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:08 AM

10. I wish someone would name a meteorite "Jesus".

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 05:26 AM

13. Chalk up another win for the Mayans. Correctomundo.

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:33 AM

14. The moment I saw the name Chandra Wickramasinghe

My bullshit detector just went into thermonuclear melt-down and burned a hole in my skull.

Thanks a lot.

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:52 AM

15. This guy is pure whackadoodlewoowoo.

He's a creationist, ferfuxsake.

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 07:56 AM

16. Their paper looks extremely fishy.

http://www.buckingham.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Polonnaruwa-meteorite.pdf

2 Weeks to ship the meteorite to UK, to make measurements, to analyze them, to write a paper, to get it accepted and to get it published? Sounds like a new world-record to me!




The EDX-spectra for the chemical content of the purported fossilized life-form and the surrounding area look practically the same.

They did not have the time to take a look for the chemical components with SIMS, XPS or UPS? ("Can't do measurements. Have to write a paper.")
How about taking a look what those structures look like on the inside with TEM?
Did the Iridium-content of the meteorite resemble more of an interplanetary/interstellar body or was it more typical for the abundance on the surface of earth?

And their reasoning...
It's a fossil, therefore it can't be a contamination.
"At the time of entry into the Earth’s atmosphere on 29 December 2012, the parent body of the Polonnaruwa meteorite would have had most of its interior porous volume filled with water, volatile organics and possibly viable living cells."



Conclusion:
Might be. Might be not. Their measurements are insufficient and their conclusions contain too many speculations.

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Response to DogPawsBiscuitsNGrav (Original post)

Tue Jan 15, 2013, 08:13 AM

17. Locking.

No woo in gd. Take it to creative speculation.

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