Life on Mars 4 billion years ago?? Where was it published?

a rose andreas.rose at
Thu Aug 8 16:50:27 EST 1996

Greetings again,

I just checked Science's homepage and found what may well be the article 

but the place is so busy that I never get more than the abstract before I 
am dropped. They say that the final version will be published in Science 
on 16 August 1996.

So far, here is the abstract I got:

Search for Past Life on Mars: Possible Relic Biogenic Activity in Martian
Meteorite ALH84001 

David S. McKay, Everett K. Gibson Jr., Kathie L. Thomas-Keprta, 
Hojatollah Vali, Christopher S. Romanek, Simon J. Clemett, Xavier D. F. 
Chillier, Claude R. Maechling, Richard N. Zare 

Fresh fracture surfaces of the martian meteorite ALH84001 contain bundant 
polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These fresh fracture surfaces 
also display carbonate globules. Contamination studies suggest that the 
PAHs are indigenous to the meteorite. High-resolution scanning and 
transmission electron microscopy study of surface textures and internal 
structures of selected carbonate globules show that the globules contain 
fine-grained, secondary phases of single-domain magnetite and e-sulfides. 
The carbonate globules are similar in texture and size to some 
terrestrial bacterially induced carbonate precipitates. Although 
inorganic formation is possible, formation of the globules by biogenic 
processes could explain many of the observed features, including the
PAHs. The PAHs, the carbonate globules, and their associated secondary 
mineral phases and textures could thus be fossil remains of a past 
martian biota. 
(Did I just violate some copyright law?) Anyway, I guess I'll have to try 
again when it's late at night in America to get the complete article.



Andreas M. Rose, Dipl. Biol.
Zoologie * Universitaet Regensburg * D-93040 Regensburg * Germany * EU
phone: +49-941-943-3076 * fax: +49-941-943-3052

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