We’re All Martians, Scientist Says

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The name? Carter. John Carter.

Via NBC:

Are we all Martians? A controversial hypothesis contends that life on our planet had to get its start somewhere else — most likely on Mars — because the chemistry on early Earth couldn’t have provided the required molecular machinery.

“The evidence seems to be building that we are actually all Martians; that life started on Mars and came to Earth on a rock,” Steven Benner, a chemist at the Florida-based Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution, said in a news release. What’s more, recent studies suggest that the conditions suitable for the origin of life “may still exist on Mars,” he said.

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  • Simon Selvfed

    IF that is true, why not assume that we terraformed Earth from Mars and went here in time for the desolation of Mars? One theory seems as good as the next, is my point and I prefer the Battlestar Galactica version :)

    • Matt Staggs

      No idea, but if you don’t write a sci fi novel titled “The Desolation of Mars” then you’re missing an awesome opportunity.

      • Simon Selvfed

        Hahaha, I was actually outlining a plot for a Mars story less than a week ago.

    • Anarchy Pony

      All this has happened before…
      But if they were competent enough to terraform(actually that would technically be “areoform” the earth) the next planet over, why couldn’t they just manage the desolation of their own?

      • Simon Selvfed

        That is the ever present question in this debate… But lets just say you knew how to fix an atmosphere, but not the inner cooling of a planet or something like that. Meaning that Earth’s problems might have been fixable with Martian technology, while they were unable to save their own planet. I dunno, I’m just making shit up :)

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    “actually, i never said that” -scientist

  • Dingbert

    Continuing with Bowie references, the organization’s acronym is also “FAME.” Anyone else find more in the article?

  • http://oddx.com/ LT

    Don’t know about Mars but the best indirect evidence is the time for life to emerge on earth. Earth is 4.6 billions years old first signs of life are said to occur 3.8 billion years ago. Seems that life started as soon as the conditions allowed it to exist. If it is so easy to start then why have there never been any competing forms.

  • BuzzCoastin

    I thought wee all came from Uranus
    no?

    • I_abide

      I’ve been told my head is firmly wedged there many times.