From the X Files: "A Meteroite That Crashed to Earth this December Offers Proof that We are All Aliens"
Sri Lankan-born British mathematician, Chandra Wickramasinghe, discovered that a two-inch wide meteorite that crash landed in a fireball in central Sri Lanka in December was pitted with tiny fossils of algae, similar to the kind found in seaweed. Wickramasinghe, currently Director of the 'Cardiff Centre for Astrobiology', was a student and collaborator of Fred Hoyle. Their joint work on the infrared spectra of interstellar grains led to developing the hypothesis of panspermia that proposes that cosmic dust in the interstellar medium and in comets is partly organic, and that life on Earth was 'seeded' from space.
The rock was one of several fragments of a meteorite which crash landed in a spectacular fireball and were still smoking when villagers living near the city of Polonnaruwa picked them up. The fossils, discovered when the rocks were examined under a powerful scanning electron microscope in a British laboratory, are similar to micro-organisms found in fossils from the dinosaur age 55 million years ago. Skeptics say the rock had probably become contaminated with algae fossils from Earth.
But Wickramasinghe replies that “The algae organisms are similar to ones found in Earth fossils, but the rock also has other organisms we have not identified.”
“We are all aliens – we share a cosmic ancestry, Wickramasinghe says. "Each time a new planetary system forms, a few surviving microbes find their way into comets. These then multiply and seed other planets. These latest finds are just more evidence to point to the overwhelming fact that life on Earth began on other worlds.”
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