Scientists Discover Possible Fossils on Mars
July 30, 2010
(Chattahbox) – Scientists are excited to discover that life could have existed on Mars about 4 billion years ago, according to the BBC. A team of, essentially, space archaeologists has been studying Mars, especially those areas known to have carbon. The discovery of carbon itself was ground-breaking because living things break down to become carbon (or oil).
Now, however, scientists are even more thrilled with the carbon on Mars, because they believe they’ve found some fossils in it. The Nili Fossae region on Mars is almost exactly like the Pilbara area in Australia– an area where the fossils in rocks are almost 3.5 billion years old. These geologists say that the hydrothermal processes that fossilized the lifeforms are probably the same for both Australia and Mars.
The lifeforms are most likely microbes rather than sentient beings, but that doesn’t make the discovery any less impressive. Further exploration has been taken off the table, for now, as NASA tries to discover the red planet’s habitability in other areas. Landing at Nili Fossae would be too risky without a human piloting the spacecraft, so geologists will have to wait a while longer to determine if there really was life on Mars, and if so, how advanced.