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Meteorite found in Africa is older than the Earth


Posted on Tuesday, 7 August, 2018 | Comment icon 14 comments

This meteorite offers a tantalising glimpse in to the past. Image Credit: UNM Institute of Meteoritics
Scientists have been studying a meteorite that dates back to a time before the birth of our solar system.
The research, which was carried out by a team at the University of Manchester, involved analyzing a particularly rare and ancient asteroid that was discovered in Africa back in 2016.

Dating back 4.6 billion years to the time immediately before our solar system came in to existence, the space rock - which has been dubbed NWA 11119 - is the oldest igneous meteorite ever discovered.

What makes NWA 11119 particularly interesting however is its composition. According to scientists, it bears a striking resemblance to the type of material that the Earth's crust is made of.
Because of this, it is believed that this meteorite was once part of the crust layer of an asteroid that would have formed in much the same way as the crust of our own planet.

As such, it could teach us much about how the Earth came in to being.

"There's still so much to learn about how Earth's crust could have formed," said doctoral student Poorna Srinivasan. "We just scraped the surface here."

Source: Live Science | Comments (14)

Tags: Meteorite, Life

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by Seti42 on 8 August, 2018, 7:13
https://geomaps.wr.usgs.gov/parks/gtime/ageofearth.html
Comment icon #6 Posted by NuclearImplosion on 8 August, 2018, 20:11
Not doubting the authenticity ... but I did wonder the same thing.
Comment icon #7 Posted by RoofGardener on 8 August, 2018, 20:15
Carbon dating, presumably ?†
Comment icon #8 Posted by Harte on 8 August, 2018, 20:19
Only if you think the Earth is less than 60k years old. Harte
Comment icon #9 Posted by Harte on 8 August, 2018, 20:30
wiki Source: Scientist mentioned in the story (et al.) Harte
Comment icon #10 Posted by MyOtherAccount on 8 August, 2018, 22:39
Thanks Harte! †
Comment icon #11 Posted by Amanda Evans on 8 August, 2018, 23:28
Itís†all sparkly!
Comment icon #12 Posted by TripGun on 14 August, 2018, 19:18
Geologists are always talking†schist.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Norpheus on 17 August, 2018, 20:00
And if its older than earth.. Where did the Dating Data Coming from?
Comment icon #14 Posted by taniwha on 19 August, 2018, 4:40
From the future?


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