Did Dr. Richard B. Hoover Just Discover Alien Life?

So the methane organisms discovered in that hostile little lake in California weren't such a big deal after all. No harm, no foul—they were at the very least interesting. Interesting, but nothing like this: Dr. Richard Hoover, as astrobiologist with NASA's Marshall Space Flight centre, claims he's found alien life.

Real alien life. Not weird Earthbound extremophiles or hints of the building blocks of life that are really just errant specks of dust on the lens of a telescope. Life, and not of this Earth.

If Dr. Hoover's paper detailing the find holds up to scrutiny, we can finally, truly say it: We are not alone.

In fact, if Dr. Hoover's paper holds up to the incredibly thorough peer review currently taking place around it, life may in fact be pretty boring and downright common in the grand scheme of the universe.

Rare Find, Common Life

So what, exactly, did Dr. Hoover find? It's pretty mind-blowing, actually: Contained within nine extremely rare meteorites called CI1 carbonaceous chondrites he discovered what he believes are the fossils of common bacteria that's both similar and nothing like what exists on our planet. In addition to being extremely rare, these meteorites are also some of the oldest in our solar system.

"The exciting thing is that they are in many cases recognisable and can be associated very closely with the generic species here on earth," said Hoover in an interview with Yahoo News. Some of the fossils, however, are quite odd. "There are some that are just very strange and don't look like anything that I've been able to identify, and I've shown them to many other experts that have also come up stump."

More specifically, Hoover claims to have discovered traces of filaments and remnants of algae-like organisms called cyanobacteria. Another find was similar to a bacterium called Titanospirillum velox. They were very Earth-like and unremarkable save for one important difference: They lacked nitrogen.

This caveat is important, as the lack of nitrogen indicates the samples are "the remains of extraterrestrial life forms that grew on the parent bodies of the meteorites when liquid water was present, long before the meteorites entered the Earth's atmosphere," he said.

A Good and Proper Vetting

Hoover is being incredibly open about his paper. As stated above, peer scrutiny has already begun, to the tune of 100 experts who have started dissecting his work in advance of its official publication. A broader, more general invitation was issued to a further 5,000 scientists as well, making this one of the most vetted scientific papers ever. This vetting is a good thing, as Hoover has made claims like this before with other meteorites that ultimately did not pan out.

Should the paper hold up, however, the game is well and truly changed. We are not just "not alone," we are common. [Yahoo News, The Guardian]

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    Certainly this is another attempt by Satan to test the faith of Christians much like he planted fake dinosaur bones around the world to confuse us.

    It is also obvious that Neanderthal remains are nothing more than inbred humans.

    Just kidding!

    Hail science!!!

      you sir. made my day.

      After dealing with "loonies" all day at work, what a pleasure it is to find one with a sense of humour.

        I'll be here all week. Try the veal.

    I'm a bit skeptical about this. The Journal of Cosmology isn't a proper academic journal, more like a mouthpiece for various crackpot theories that can't get published elsewhere.

    I'm wondering why this finding hasn't been published somewhere credible - perhaps the author didn't want too much scrutiny, or perhaps it's for an entirely acceptable reason and this finding will be verified.

    I'm just waiting on a real peer review before believing this news.

    Hm, I'm not sure if I quite understand the importance of the absence of nitrogen...guess I'll have to read the article

    nitrogen is in the soil, and is what makes planets grow. So for something to no trace of nitrogen, it basically can't have eaten anything on the earth.

    Pretty sure that's were that's going anyway... please, correct me if i'm wrong. Educated guess

      also, I think it's about 80% of air... so yeah, you'd have to be trying pretty hard to avoid it.

    This doesn't really make sense. All life on Earth requires nitrogen as its part of amino-acids that make proteins - how can you have anything similar to life on Earth without protein? Really need to see this paper - if this was true it would be headline on every newspaper on Earth

      to be honest... at this stage.. who cares?

      Its only a closed minded God fearing man who would still believe that for some magical reason out of all the universe, only this arbitrarily selected rock has life...

      call me when they discover some that are cooler than dinosaurs! or have spaceships!

        Actually, that's quite the dangerous mindset that you're displaying there.

        This discovery is important, if the proposed hypothesis does turn out to be proven, if only because it's proving a popular belief that there is life outside of our solar system.

        If mankind based its development off popular belief alone, science would grind to a halt.

        Science is impartial. It doesn't care what people believe, or how many people believe. Science is what can be proven to be the most reliable theory. It is fact, evidence, and constant peer reviewed testing.

          "Science is impartial. It doesn’t care what people believe, or how many people believe." - LOL. So is the English language, however it doesn't stop people from misrepresenting it.

    Why is it so hard to believe that we are not alone? Does anyone ever watch Ancient Aliens on the History Channel? it's all there and it has all been documented. How do we discribe the huge leaps in man kind every 26,000 years? Is it coincidence or a cycle? Was it 2 suns over China? Or was it a mirage? Was it Nibiru and the Anunaki? Has there always been evidence? Even in the bible. Was the Nephilim's really aliens?
    I am a Christian, just playing devils advocate....

    I'm a scientist who is a Christian and want to apologise for any nutjob fundo Christians you may encounter.
    Rather embarrassing! Sorry.

    What's more amazing is that a website with a mid 90s design is as prestigious as the JOC. Although I was a little disappointed there was no multicolor headings and no yellow background with red flashing text anywhere.


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