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Bone-shaped rock photographed on Mars

Posted on Friday, 22 August, 2014 | Comment icon 94 comments

Despite claims to the contrary the 'bone' really is just a rock. Image Credit: NASA

Eagle-eyed Internet users have spotted an alleged 'thigh bone' in images taken by NASA's Curiosity rover.

The latest in a long line of bizarre objects claimed to have been sighted in photographs of Mars, the apparent 'bone' at least vaguely resembles what many are claiming it to be.

Snapped in amongst a pile of randomly shaped rocks by the rover's MastCam on August 14th, the object is almost certainly a case of pareidolia, the brain's tendency to see meaningful shapes in otherwise abstract patterns.

Unfortunately this hasn't stopped a deluge of speculation and bizarre claims circulating the Internet suggesting that the object is everything from a "fossilized, reptilian spine" to evidence of dinosaurs.

Source: Independent | Comments (94)

Tags: NASA, Mars

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #85 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 1 September, 2014, 20:40
It's such a portentous title that it bears repeating. Sir Wearer of Hats, Knight of Jaffas.
Comment icon #86 Posted by Harte on 1 September, 2014, 21:02
Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain! Harte
Comment icon #87 Posted by John Wesley Boyd on 2 September, 2014, 0:16
Don't worry, I would never make the mistake of underestimating your ego. Megalomania is quite de rigueur on this site. I never log on without it.
Comment icon #88 Posted by Gaden on 2 September, 2014, 1:30
By jove, I think he's finally got it! Gaden
Comment icon #89 Posted by Harte on 2 September, 2014, 1:34
I need to update that line. "Supremely Educated Knower of Everything That Ever Existed And More!" Musn't forget the "and more" part. Harte
Comment icon #90 Posted by MyOtherAccount on 6 September, 2014, 2:50
Comment icon #91 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 6 September, 2014, 7:49
What about: Superior Omniaware Mentally Enormous, Grossly Intelligent Tzar ....
Comment icon #92 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 6 September, 2014, 8:43
Do you realize that the acronym of that is: SOME GIT
Comment icon #93 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats on 6 September, 2014, 9:13
Hence the ""
Comment icon #94 Posted by John Wesley Boyd on 6 September, 2014, 17:32
Perhaps his own mantra, to chant, over and over again: O-wa Tai-gu Sai-Yam.

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