A Meteorite, Older Than the Sun, Contains ‘Millions of Organic Compounds’

Definitely adding to the ideas for an exogenesis-related explanation for life on Earth. (I won’t go so far to embrace panspermia, although the co-discover of DNA, Francis Crick, did later in life.)

Interesting nonetheless. Doreen Walton writes on BBC News:

Scientists say they have confirmed that a meteorite that crashed into earth 40 years ago contains millions of different organic compounds. It is thought the Murchison meteorite could be even older than the Sun.”Having this information means you can tell what was happening during the birth of the Solar System,” said lead researcher Dr Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin. The results of the meteorite study are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“We are really excited. When I first studied it and saw the complexity I was so amazed,” said Dr Schmitt-Kopplin, who works at the Institute for Ecological Chemistry in Neuherberg, Germany. Meteorites are like some kind of fossil. When you try to understand them you are looking back in time,” he explained.

The researchers says the identification of many different chemicals shows the primordial Solar System probably had a higher molecular diversity than Earth.

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  • tonyviner

    The picture looks like one of God's petrified tears.

    • chonus

      or testicles.

  • 5by5

    We're the aliens we've been looking for.

  • GoodDoktorBad

    This article, the way its presented is misleading. In using the term “organic compounds”, it leads me to think that they found evidence of life in this meteorite, which would be interesting and exciting, but thats not the case. While the rocks' composition may be interesting, what makes this rock so special? They talk as if this meteorite was the only one to ever fall to earth containing organic compounds. What about moon rocks for that matter, or the earth itself? Loosely termed, the earth is a just another big rock flying through space.
    So, while I wouldn't call the science itself “junk”, I'd have to say this article is….

    • MULE

      Organic compound = chemical compound containing carbon. This article does not mention life, nor does it imply anything of the sort.

  • MULE

    Organic compound = chemical compound containing carbon. This article does not mention life, nor does it imply anything of the sort.

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