Skip to comments.Life DID begin on Mars - then we all travelled to Earth on a meteorite
Posted on 08/28/2013 8:59:09 PM PDT by Fractal Trader
It might not just be men who are from Mars, claims a new study which suggests that all life on Earth actually began on the red planet.
An element believed to be crucial to the origin of life would only have been available on the surface of Mars, it is claimed.
Geochemist Professor Steven Benner argues that the 'seeds' of life probably arrived on Earth in meteorites blasted off Mars by impacts or volcanic eruptions.
Professor Steven Benner will tell geochemists gathering today at the annual Goldschmidt conference that an oxidised mineral form of the element molybdenum, which may have been crucial to the origin of life, could only have been available on the surface of Mars and not on Earth As evidence he points to the oxidised mineral form of the element molybdenum, thought to be a catalyst that helped organic molecules develop into the first living structures.
Professor Benner will present his findings to geochemists gathering today at the annual Goldschmidt conference.
In addition recent studies show that these conditions, suitable for the origin of life, may still exist on Mars, said Professor Benner, of the Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology in Gainesville, Florida.
Its only when molybdenum becomes highly oxidised that it is able to influence how early life formed.
This form of molybdenum couldnt 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.
Its yet another piece of evidence which makes it more likely life came to Earth on a Martian meteorite, rather than starting on this planet.
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I think the scientist might have been guessing. In fact he probably was, and may possibly want to consider another line of work. Perhaps “science” isn’t his strong suit.
im not convinced.
Problem here is that "organic molecules" supposedly existed before living structures ... but isn't the word "organic" associated only with living structures?
“Its yet another piece of evidence which makes it more likely life came to Earth on a Martian meteorite, rather than starting on this planet.”
Yeh thats the ticket. :-)
I think the scientist might have been guessing. In fact he probably was, and may possibly want to consider another line of work. Perhaps science isnt his strong suit.
Because he forgot the part about the singed eyebrows.
No, “organic” is any carbon based structure.
But by claiming that life originated on Mars, they aren't really making things more believable. Mars probably had liquid water, but not as much as Earth, and so the number of random chemical reactions goes down considerably, and making spontaneous life from non life even harder. Plus, the sun is nearly twice as far away, giving Mars only a fraction of the energy it gives to Earth. Again, this limits the energy in the Martian system and limits the number of chemical reactions that could have been randomly done. So even if there is molybdenum there, I doubt it would overcome the extra hurdles imposed by the Martian environment.
Yes, they have been watching too much “Ancient Aliens” on the History Channel, where every sentence begins with “could it be that ....?”.
Human life as we know it began with God Almighty...........
I do not care what planet.
Hmmm....do volcanos figure into this somwhere?
Even if so... So what?
Whether life began on mars and moved here, or life began here... It doesn’t explain why life began.
Because it could.
Check your dictionary. Compounds like carbon dioxide are called "inorganic."
Engineers, surgeons, chemists, etc, have worked for hundreds of years to reproduce the human hand and the best they can come up with is a very unimpressive (when compared to the original) facsimile.
And the atheist insists this happened by mere chance, not to mention the rest of the human body.
* Molybdenum mineral is thought to have been crucial to the origin of life
* Material may have been available on the surface of Mars and not on Earth
* This could suggest that life came to Earth on a Martian meteorite
Say what you will about English "news" papers, you've got to admit their notion of "science" is considerably more creative than the same old anthropogenic global warming day in and day out in so many American "news" papers.
Creation...Two molybdenum: Hey dude this place is just not happening, lets hitch a ride and check out that blue planet...wadda ya say.
Raelian or Scientologist?
And you're obviously not a scientist or familiar with the scientific method and its foundation, testable hypotheses. Is he right? Who knows. But it attempts to explain observed phenomena and the scientific method will either confirm or reject it.
Not in the chemical context no, organic chemicals are not necessarily biological.
Okay, what Scientologist posted this?
Meteor schmeteor. “They” brought it when they seeded the planet as theirs died. It was the Martian Genesis Project, aka The Lifeboat. Then a select number of them populated the reformed Earth. We’re all Martians. Geo. Nory told me. /s <—— do I really need this?
That meteorite must have had some powerful rocket boosters to escape Mars’ gravity, and a pretty good GPS to find the grain of sand in the cosmos, earth.
“Good evening, ladies and germs.” —Milton Berle
Originally yes, but word usage changes over time. Now when a chemist says "organic" it means the molecule contains carbon.
yeah i believe this shmuck’s guess.
“Human animals are descended from monkeys and pigs.” —Charles Darwin
Life DID begin on Mars - then we all travelled to Earth on a meteorite
Cool .....-OR-..... entirely some other way..
Well, some of us maybe.
The universe is like a very large billiards game and we are the eight ball hanging on the corner pocket.
Geeze, take the government grants away form these guys. They are real life “Sheldon Coopers” from the Big Bang Theory, who do their equations and speculate about non-provable theories. There’s a reason they are called “theoretical physicists. It’s all conjecture according to their math.
My dad and grandpa knew this all along. They always called me “Just A Chip Off The Old Block”.
The Earth and Mars had intersecting orbits, before that last time they almost kissed.
No but these type stories are used to try and make laymen believe that to be the case.
When scientists can explain a simple little puzzle... which came first the chicken or the egg, I will listen.
Is this guy the same scientist that started the Global warming BS?
For an atheist, it’s like having a junk yard full of parts and one day - it’s a 747 - no reason it just is
Organic in this sense merely means it’s a carbon compound.
There are exceptions, but the general rule of carbon based compounds applies. Things like oxides, carbides, cyanides, and carbonates are considered inorganic. (like your CO2 reference)