March 11, 2013

IF THIS PANS OUT, IT’S BIG NEWS: Astrobiologists discover fossils in meteorite fragments, confirming extraterrestrial life. “Researchers in the United Kingdom have found algae-like fossils in meteorite fragments that landed in Sri Lanka last year. This is the strongest evidence yet of cometary panspermia — that life on Earth began when a meteorite containing simple organisms landed here, billions of years ago — and, perhaps more importantly, that there’s life elsewhere in the universe.” Similar reports in the past have been inconclusive, so stay tuned.

UPDATE: James Lileks sends this negative take.