In Ancient Meteorite, Hint There Was Life on Mars

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A meteorite found in the Sahara, one of the oldest ever to come from Mars, offers evidence that life could have existed there more than two billion years ago, researchers say. The 0.7-pound fragment contains more water than any other known Martian meteorite... This led researchers to conclude that the meteorite came from the planet's crust. The water captured in the meteorite may have come from underground water or surface waters near the explosion, Dr. Agee said. 'The sample may give us an idea of what volcanic activity was like then, but it also gives us a glimpse of what the surface of Mars was like at that time,' he said, adding that the abundance of water 'suggests that it's within the realm of possibility that life could have existed 2.1 billion years ago.'

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... by Kyle McDermott on Saturday, Jan 5, 2013 at 9:06:52 AM