The case for fossil life in Martian bacteria in the now famous meteorite ALH 84001 (Shown) blasted off the Martian surface a billion years ago fell to earth in Antarctica and was recovered in 1984 was strengthened. Examination in the mid 1990s by scientists found chemical residues associated with life as well as odd shaped microscopic structures resembling terrestrial fossil bacteria.
A new study supports the Mars biological origin theory. The new work centers on so-called magnetic bacteria that on Earth, and apparently Mars as well, that leave distinctively-shaped remnants in the rock with a high chemical purity more like a biological feature than geological. “These are just like the magnetite-related life forms found in the meteorite believed to represent Martian life forms”, says Dr. Dennis Bazylinski. New discoveries of ancient seas and rivers have strengthened the circumstantial evidence for ancient Martian life. Thanks to the Examiner.