Meteorites may hold fossils from space — or not

‘Extraordinary claim’ met with skepticism

By Ron Cowen, 13:51 PM March 9, 2011

A NASA scientist created quite a buzz earlier this week with a claim that he may have found evidence of extraterrestrial life — fossils of bacteria — in three meteorites. But several scientists question the work, which has not been peer reviewed and appeared March 5 in an unorthodox online journal, the Journal of Cosmology. The journal, which began publishing in 2009, has issued a press release that it will go out of business in May.

The study’s sole author, Richard Hoover of NASA’s Marshal...

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