Thursday, August 29, 2013

2013 Study Suggests Life on Earth Came From Mars!

I've been busily working on an aspect of the blog's September 6th anniversary celebration, and I don't want to break away from it. Thankfully regular commentator Will_in_Chicago left a very useful link today...
"We may all be Martians.

Evidence is building that Earth life originated on Mars and was brought to this planet aboard a meteorite, said biochemist Steven Benner of The Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology in Florida.

An oxidized form of the element molybdenum, which may have been crucial to the origin of life, was likely available on the Red Planet's surface long ago, but unavailable on Earth, said Benner, who presented his findings today (Aug. 28; Aug. 29 local time) at the annual Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Florence, Italy."
The full article goes into several paragraphs of greater detail, and can be read here.


LissBirds said...

Aww. What would J'onn think of that?

will_in_chicago said...

I think that such news would please J'Onn. If humanity is not so much a brother to Martians as cousins, it creates a closer connection to humanity. It might also increase his antagonism to those like Gorilla Grodd who deny their essential kinship to humanity.

If J'Onn knew all along, it would explain many of his actions. If Earth is perhaps the last home of Martian-life in any form, Earth becomes the last redoubt for someone who may well be the last of his kind. I think that J'Onn thinks on a much greater time scale than other heroes and he would have several long term plans to deal with different threats.