The astrobiologist has claimed that fossil diatoms found in a meteorite are proof of alien life.
Chandra Wickramasinghe is director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Buckingham and along with astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle developed the concept of 'panspermia', the theory that life is distributed throughout the cosmos on asteroids, comets and other bodies. In this case his team is said to have discovered tiny fossils inside a carbonaceous meteorite that represent evidence of extraterrestrial life.
The claim inevitably sounds too good to be true and that's because some of Wickramasinghe's previous claims have been highly controversial. "Wickramasinghe jumps on everything, with little or no evidence, and says it's from outer space, so I think there's a case to be made for a bias on his part," said astronomer Phil Plait. To date his claims of alien fossils within the meteorite have yet to independently corroborated.
"If a group of scientists are correct, tiny fossils uncovered inside a meteorite found in Sri Lanka in December are proof of extraterrestrial life."
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Source: Huffington Post
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