A former NASA scientist recently made the explosive claim that life was found on Mars in the 1970s, something the government organization has firmly denied. But an entomologist at Ohio University has gone a step further, claiming that he has seen "insect and reptilian-like creatures" in a photo of the Red Planet, both living and dead.
Ohio University emeritus professor William Romoser has spent the last few years looking at a number of photos publicly available from various Mars rovers, including the Curiosity rover, and found a number of "insect-like shapes, structured in the same way as bees, and reptile-like shapes" , "according to a release from the university.
"It's been and still is life on Mars," Romoser, who specializes in arbovirology and general / medical entomology, said in the release. "There is an obvious diversity among the marine insect-like fauna that shows many features similar to Terran insects that are interpreted as advanced groups – such as the presence of wings, wing flexion, smooth gliding / flight and various structured bone elements."
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Romoser specifically mentioned the Curiosity rover, which has been exploring the Gale crater since its landing on Mars in August 2012. Curiosity has made some incredible discoveries, including a surprising peak in methane, oxygen that behaves "in a way that researchers have so far not been able to explain," a mysterious, inexplicable white light and many others.
Earlier this month, NASA published a stunning black and white image on its Mars Exploration site that sheds new light on how empty the planet is.
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Romoser, who claimed the annual Entomological Society of America meeting, said he was looking for signs of body symmetry, body partition, repetitive shape, skeletal remains and other clues that could be considered signs of life.
"Once a clear image of a given shape was identified and described, it was useful in facilitating the recognition of other less clear, but not least valid, images of the same basic shape," Romoser added. "An exoskeleton and attachments are sufficient to establish identification as arthropods."
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He continued: "Three body regions, a single pair of antennae, and six bones are traditionally sufficient to establish identification as" insect "on Earth. These properties should also be valid for identifying an organism on Mars as insect-like. insect-like shapes can be seen on Mars rover photos. "
A "clear flight behavior was evident in many images", according to Romoser's finding, with the "creatures" loosely resembling, hops or carpenters. He also said that other images show "bees" that appear to live in caves, while other images "show a fossilized creature resembling a snake."
The famous entomologist admitted that interpretations of the images may change in the future, but the amount of evidence he has revealed so far is compelling.
"The presence of higher metazoan organisms on Mars means the presence of nutrients / energy sources and processes, food chains and pathways and water as elements that function in a viable, extreme, ecological environment sufficient to sustain life," he continued, adding that he has found cases of standing water or moving water in some pictures.
"The evidence of life on Mars presented here provides a strong foundation for many additional important biological as well as social and political issues," Romoser added. "It also represents a solid motivation for further study."
NASA's upcoming March 2020 rover, scheduled to land Feb. 18, 2021, will look for evidence of fossilized evidence of extraterrestrial beings as it explores the Jezero crater.
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