At a conference in Denver, July 20-22, 1999, a pair scientists
from the Russian Academy of Sciences presented sharp images that
look very much like fossilized microorganisms taken from fragments
of several carbonaceous meteorites. One of the scientists, Dr.
Stanislav I. Zhmur of the Institute of the Lithosphere of Marginal
Seas, RAS, writes,
"Comparative analysis of bacteriomorphic structures from the
carbonaceous meteorites, Murchison, Efremovka and Allende,... and
morphology of microorganisms of modern and ancient terrestrial
cyanobacterial community showed that they are analogous. This gave
us reason to consider that these bacteriomorphic structures are
fossilized remnants of microorganisms. The lithified remnants
...are tightly conjugated with the mineral matrix, removing the
possibility that they are contaminants. The selection of
microfossils capable of being interpreted as biological is quite
wide. Some of them are demonstrated in the pictures."
The conference where the photos were first published was
"Instruments, Methods and Missions for Astrobiology II,"
organized by NASA's Richard Hoover, sponsored by the
International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE).
The proceedings of the July
conference became available in December.
With Dr. Zhmur's permission six of those images with captions are
published on the Cosmic Ancestry website, on the webpage
Brig Klyce * http://www.panspermia.org
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