Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Microfossils, major arguments

This business with Richard Hoover and the reported microfossils in meteorites ... well, just say the meteors are flying thick and fast. Most of the experts who have weighed in think what he has reported are either natural formations or the remains of Earth bacteria that contaminated the samples. Hoover insists he took extreme measures to avoid such contamination, but that's not really the story now. The technical aspects have gotten lost in arguments about qualifications, peer review, the online journal involved, etc., etc. It's all very human, I suppose, but the focus should be on whether Hoover did in fact find evidence of E.T.

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