Saturday, June 14, 2008

Greetings Fellow Capricans!

What if it turns out we're ALL just aliens with state-issued drivers' licenses? Over at Weekend Gawker (Another Directory Of Other Wonderful Things), Ian Spiegelman cites a story on TG Daily that reports:

Scientists from the Imperial College of London claim to have found evidence that life on our planet did not originate from Earth itself. For the first time, the scientists say, it is confirmed that an important component of early genetic material found in meteorite fragments is of extraterrestrial origin.
Said scientists discovered "uracil and xanthine, which are precursors to the molecules that make up DNA and RNA and are known as nucleobases in rock fragments of the Murchison meteorite, which crashed in Australia in 1969."
Apparently, the researchers were successful in proving that the molecules came from space and were not a result of contamination when the meteorite landed on Earth. What supports Martins claims is the fact that meteor showers are believed to have been common several billions of years ago on Earth: “Between 3.8 to 4.5 billion years ago large numbers of rocks similar to the Murchison meteorite rained down on Earth at the time when primitive life was forming,” the press release from the Imperial College reads. “The heavy bombardment would have dropped large amounts of meteorite material to the surface on planets like Earth and Mars.”
Spiegelman rightly exclaims: "We are fracking aliens!" No wonder I've been bothered lately by the thought that there must be some kind of way out of here!

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