Since then, scientists have developed other methods for detecting signs of early life on Earth. One involves measuring different isotopes, or atomic forms, of carbon; the ratio of the isotopes indicates that the carbon was once part of a living thing. The fossil evidence suggested that life emerged soon after our world cooled down.
A quick start to life on Earth could mean that life could also emerge quickly on other worlds—either Earth-like planets circling other stars, or perhaps even other planets or moons in our own solar system. Of these, Mars has long looked the most promising. It is dry and cold, plunging down as far as degrees Fahrenheit. Its thin atmosphere cannot block ultraviolet radiation from space, which would devastate any known living thing on the surface of the planet.
But Mars, which is as old as Earth, might have been more hospitable in the past. The gullies and dry lake beds that mark the planet indicate that water once flowed there. In other words, early Mars was a lot like early Earth. If Mars had been warm and wet for millions or even billions of years, life might have had enough time to emerge. When conditions on the surface of Mars turned nasty, life may have become extinct there. But fossils may have been left behind. He had just earned a PhD at the University of Portsmouth, where he was studying bacterial biofilms that can absorb radioactivity from contaminated steel in nuclear facilities.
Biofilms had formed and spread through cracks into its interior. The controversy has raised a profound question in the minds of many scientists: What does it take to prove the presence of life billions of years ago?
In particular, Schopf had proposed that his fossils were photosynthetic bacteria that captured sunlight in a shallow lagoon. But Brasier and Steele and co-workers concluded that the rocks had formed in hot water loaded with metals, perhaps around a superheated vent at the bottom of the ocean—hardly the sort of place where a sun-loving microbe could thrive.
And microscopic analysis of the rock, Steele says, was ambiguous, as he demonstrated one day in his lab by popping a slide from the Warrawoona chert under a microscope rigged to his computer.
Are we looking at life? Maybe, maybe. You can see how easily you can fool yourself. Analyzing his samples further, he found that they were made of a form of carbon known as kerogen, which would be expected in the remains of bacteria. The disagreement is typical of the fast-moving field. Other recent claims also are under assault. Ayear ago, a team of scientists made headlines with their report of tiny tunnels in 3. The scientists argued that the tunnels were made by ancient bacteria around the time the rock formed.
But Steele points out that bacteria might have dug those tunnels billions of years later. Such debates may seem indecorous, but most scientists are happy to see them unfold. Robert Lloyd. Ellen Gray. Glenn Garvin. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Life on Mars' writers, who seem to have been knocked considerably deeper into history than their character.
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