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Photos show 'insects' on Mars, claims scientist


Posted on Tuesday, 19 November, 2019 | Comment icon 61 comments

An annotated image of Romoser's alleged Mars 'insect'. Image Credit: NASA / Dr. William Romoser
A professor emeritus at Ohio University claims that photos taken on Mars show actual live alien 'insects'.
The remarkable claim comes courtesy of Dr. William Romoser - an entomologist who has spent several years closely studying photographs taken by NASA's Mars rovers.

These images, he contends, show examples of insect-like life forms on the Red Planet.

His findings, along with annotated photographs of these alleged creatures, were presented at a national meeting of the Entomological Society of America in St. Louis, Missouri earlier today.

"There has been and still is life on Mars," he said.

"There is apparent diversity among the Martian insect-like fauna which display many features similar to Terran insects that are interpreted as advanced groups - for example, the presence of wings, wing flexion, agile gliding/flight, and variously structured leg elements."
"Once a clear image of a given form was identified and described, it was useful in facilitating recognition of other less clear, but none-the-less valid, images of the same basic form."

Dr. Romoser maintains that the photos show examples of both live and fossilized specimens.

"The presence of higher metazoan organisms on Mars implies the presence of nutrient/energy sources and processes, food chains and webs, and water as elements functioning in a viable, if extreme, ecological setting sufficient to sustain life," he said.

"The evidence of life on Mars presented here provides a strong basis for many additional important biological as well as social and political questions."

An annotated photograph of an alleged fossilized specimen can be viewed - here.

Source: EurekAlert.org | Comments (61)

Tags: Mars

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Comment icon #52 Posted by highdesert50 on 25 November, 2019, 4:53
You are abstracting the argument from the venue it was presented. For me to accept your argument, I would have to agree that a career scientist from an R2 research institution as well as the conference selection committee, surely well credentialed, are idiots. I give them the benefit of the doubt. Rather than being off-putting, I suspect they thought this an interesting, potentially even humorous, opportunity for the conference attendees to toy with ambiguity and foster some interest in a niche area. Why take it so seriously? After all, the NSF recently awarded three-quarters of a million US d... [More]
Comment icon #53 Posted by Carnoferox on 25 November, 2019, 7:55
I can appreciate humor in science communication, but nothing so far has shown this was intended to be humorous. All reports have presented this as a claim intended to be serious. I think you underestimate the ability of cranks to work their way into academia. Conferences have a limited review process and it’s quite easy for fringe abstracts/posters/presentations to slip in from my experience. Argument from authority is functionally useless in these situations.
Comment icon #54 Posted by highdesert50 on 25 November, 2019, 14:57
Enjoyed the debating. The best to you.
Comment icon #55 Posted by Nnicolette on 1 December, 2019, 16:46
Well... Why would anyone expect Mars to be the exact same enviromnent as earth? It is blatantly clear that species here are as diverse and varied as thier methods of survival require. Why would you assume that seeds or spores be identical to any here? That is a pretty huge limitation, had someone actually been looking for evidence... Must we only acknowledge life if it is identical to something on earth? I mean if these were little mushrooms or something it wouldnt be dissimilar to many things that occur here anyway, and still a bit smaller than many seeds. There seems to be a bit more wind wh... [More]
Comment icon #56 Posted by Nnicolette on 1 December, 2019, 16:52
Now that i look, these dont even look organic. I think Hanken is right, they look like weathered stones. Too unevenly edged. Living things tend to be more uniformly structural i think. But the ant hill... I don't believe that formed naturally something dug it.
Comment icon #57 Posted by Seti42 on 1 December, 2019, 17:58
I think any life currently living on Mars would be simple. Microbial. Maybe something like lichen too. There could be fossil evidence of previous life as well. We do have a lot of evidence that suggests Mars was once a lot more like earth, a few billion years ago. We'd have to not only find it, but collect samples and send them back to Earth for study. We're still quite far off from getting all that done. I agree with the university 100%, take that sad conjecture down. It's an institution of learning, FFS.
Comment icon #58 Posted by stereologist on 1 December, 2019, 18:46
Actually you and I are on the same track. The person claiming this is calling it a spore and yet why should it be a fungal spore? They want it to be a spore and it shows nothing reminiscent of life on Earth. I certainly would  not claim it to be similar to life on Earth and yet this person has assigned it to being a spore. They do that simply because they know about spores and have arbtrarily assigned it to be a fungal spore. Seeds? Unlikely an idea as being a fungus.
Comment icon #59 Posted by Hankenhunter on 2 December, 2019, 0:57
  Do spores even get as big as the blueberries? 1/8"? Just checked google. Largest spores are 20 microns. So, no they don't get that big. www.space.com What Are the 'Blueberries' on Mars? After NASA's Opportunity Rover landed on Mars in 2004, the probe revealed a puzzling phenomenon — tiny spheres, or spherules, just one-eighth of an inch (0.3 centimeters) in diameter, embedded in Martian rock.Dec 24, 2018
Comment icon #60 Posted by Hankenhunter on 2 December, 2019, 1:07
There are rivers with natural bore holes in the solid rock river bottoms. These are cause by rocks spinning in a cavity slowly boring down by abrasive friction. Most of these rocks are almost perfectly round. I used to dig these out for my high powered slingshot. Theres no reason that dust devils over long periods of time ( millions of years)can't do the same. Plus, the Mars blueberries are different sizes. Spores tend to be close to the same size. All much, much smaller than the blueberries.
Comment icon #61 Posted by Nnicolette on 3 December, 2019, 19:36
They didn't even have to. Are we sure this isnt an old riverbed we are looking at? I mean people did already announce that there were some around some time ago...  https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.atlasobscura.com/articles/mars-looks-like-a-riverbed.amp


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