Scientists have discovered evidence of extraterrestrial organic matter buried in sediments from more than 3.3 billion years ago here.
According to Science Alert, South Africa's Makhonjwa mountain range is home to some of the oldest rocks on the planet. However, it is worth noting that everything in this wonderful landscape originates from the Earth. Specifically, scientists have discovered evidence of extraterrestrial organic matter buried in sediments from more than 3.3 billion years ago here.
"This is the first time we have found real evidence of extraterrestrial carbon in a rock on the ground," explains biologist Frances Westall from CNRS Molecular Center in France . For billions of years, the Earth has been heavily impacted by meteorite rain, rearranging the planet's surface.
Many scientists believe that some building blocks for life on our planet may come from molecular form in space. This new discovery in South Africa adds to the weight of this ability.
The place to find traces of extraterrestrial organic matter is a crater named Josefsdal Chert, part of the Makhonjwa mountain range (also called Barberton's Limestone Belt) . Frances Westall and her team discovered a 2mm thick layer of rock, characterized by two "abnormal" signals .
After using electromagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR) analysis, the researchers found that this 3.3-billion-year-old stone block has two types of insoluble organic substances - substances that are not available (study not found) on Earth. However, all the above assumptions about organic matter still need time to continue further research.