There may be some specific Mars rocks that could provide vital hints about the past existence of life on the Red Planet.
Several rocks from the Red Planet that had formed in the lake bottoms might be the ideal environment for scientists to seek fossil records of the existence of life on Mars at some point in the history of the Red Planet.
A new research study, which sheds light on locations where fossils can be stored, might be able to help researchers identify microbes on Mars. Apparently, microbial life could’ve been present on Mars about 4 billion years ago.
Specific Mars rocks might contain irrefutable signs that life on Mars existed at some point in the history of the Red Planet
A scientific team has identified that sedimentary rocks made of compressed mud or clay possess a strong potential for holding fossils. These Mars rocks are rich in silicon and iron, both being well-known to help fossils preserve for a long time.
These rocks, according to scientists, had been shaped 3 to 4 billion years ago when the Red Planet’s surface was still abundant in water. The rocks in question seem to be far better maintained than similar rocks that are present on Earth and this is because of the fact that Mars lacks any tectonic movements that would break down the rocks and the fossils within them as time goes on.
The research team examined the Earth’s fossils and studied the outcomes of experimental research that matched Earth’s environmental conditions in an effort to pinpoint the best locations on the Red Planet to seek out signs of life on Mars. Also, the breakthroughs might help scientists plan the upcoming Mars 2020 mission which will have the main objective to gather Mars rocks and, eventually, to deliver them back home for the researchers to examine them.
Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.