Fossils from Earth on the Moon

Fossils of early life on Earth are lying on the surface of the Moon, a top space biologist claims today.
Professor Peter Ward, of the University of Washington in Seattle, says the lunar surface is littered with rocks blasted out of our planet by asteroid impacts.
He believes they contain fossils that have been perfectly preserved because of the lack of any atmosphere on the Moon.
This means they could give scientists a better clue as to how life began than anything found on Earth – or even if there was ever life on Mars or Venus.
Professor Ward tells New Scientist magazine today: “Even a conservative estimate suggests there must be thousands, perhaps even a few millions of tonnes of Earth rock up on the Moon.”
He adds: “With the emergence of a new mission for Nasa, active planning for a return to the Moon is now underway. Looking for fossils on the Moon is firmly on the to-do list.
“The Moon might be our best chance of discovering our own origins, or even if there was once life on Mars or Venus.”

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Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.
Paul Sutherland

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Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.

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