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Possible fossils on Mars?

Yuri Armstrong




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A spot on Mars called Nili Fossae that is rich in clay mineral-rich rocks could be a prime spot to search for the fossilized remains of Martian life that may have existed 4 billion years ago, a new study suggests.

In the study, scientists used an instrument on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to study clay-carbonate rocks on the Martian surface leftover from ancient red planet era known as the Noachian period.

How exciting! We all know that billions of years ago Mars may have had an environment that could support life. The meteorite that was found in Antartica, presumably from Mars, could possibly contain evidence of life. If a probe is launched to Nili Fossae we may be able to finally confirm whether life existed on Mars.



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not too familiar with the current martian theories of possible life. would they be looking for unicellular or multicellular organism fossils?

We don't really know what we will find there when we investigate. We just have to wait and find out, because the only thing we have to go off of is the controversial martian meteorite. People have been studying and debating that for 14 years with no clear answer. Further investigation at fossil sites will be necessary to truly find out.

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