Search for Past Life on Mars: Possible Relic Biogenic Activity in Martian Meteorite ALH84001
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/273/5277/924.abstract

David S. McKay, Everett K. Gibson Jr., Kathie L. Thomas-Keprta, Hojatollah Vali, Christopher S. Romanek, Simon J. Clemett, Xavier D. F. Chillier, Claude R. Maechling, Richard N. Zare, Science Magazine


This Science magazine article documents possible evidence of nanofossils found on Martian meteorite ALH84001. The research team, led by NASA's David McKay, found carbonate globules that are similar to those found in some terrestrial bacterially induced carbonate precipitates on Earth. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and secondary minerals and textures in the meteorite provide further evidence of past Martian biota. The article features color photographs and graphs as well as links to a collection of articles that cite this paper. A subscription may be required to access the full text.

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Subject: Biology:Astrobiology, Biogeochemistry, Microbiology, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Mineral Analysis, Geoscience:Geology:Geochemistry:Stable Isotopes, Geoscience:Geology:Mineralogy:Biomineralogy
Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Research Results
Grade Level: Graduate/Professional, College Lower (13-14), College Upper (15-16)
Topics: Biosphere:Microbiology, Astrobiology, Solid Earth:Mineralogy:Mineral Analysis, Biomineralogy, Biosphere:Biogeochemistry, Solid Earth:Geochemistry:Stable IsotopesKeywords: nanobacteria, nannobacteria, nanobe