Have you ever met someone who was so weird, you thought they were from another planet? Well, you may be right; but, you, too, may also be from another planet-Mars. Steven Benner, a scientist at the Westheimer Institute of Science and Technology says that human beings may actually be of Martian origin. Benner recently gave a speech at a conference for geoscientists, and explained that he thinks the human race sprang up from elements found on Mars, including the element molybdenum, which was not found on early earth. This element may be necessary for beginning human life and was available on Mars’ surface. “In addition,” Benner says, “recent studies show that these conditions, suitable for the origin of life, may still exist on Mars.” Benner also presented evidence from a new study he just completed to support his hypothesis.
“The evidence seems to be building that we are actually Martians; that life started on Mars and came to Earth on a rock,” he says. “It’s lucky that we ended up here, as certainly Earth has been the better of the two planets for sustaining life If our hypothetical Martian ancestors had remained on Mars, there might not have been a story to tell.”
Benner says a meteorite traveled from Mars to Earth, and could have been the springboard that began all human life. The meteorite could have arrived on Earth because of a collision or a volcano which could have propelled it through space. Scientists know that to be a definite possibility since there are at least 100 other meteorites that exist on Earth now which are thought to be of Martian origin.
Benner explains how the element molybdenum could have been the spark that caused human life to develop:
It’s only when molybdenum becomes highly oxidized that it is able to influence how early life formed. This form of molybdenum couldn’t have been available on Earth at the time life first began, because three billion years ago the surface of the Earth had very little oxygen, but Mars did. It’s yet another piece of evidence which makes it more likely life came to Earth on a Martian meteorite, rather than starting on this planet.
Up until now, scientists have not been able to figure out exactly how human life started on Earth. Benner’s study solves some key issues that have thus far prevented researchers from pinpointing the exact path human elements took that allowed us to turn into people instead of into tar. Organic things, when exposed to light or heat turn into a substance like tar, which could have happened to humans had an element like molybdenum not been available. Benner says his study solves this problem, which he calls the “tar paradox.”
Certain elements seem able to control the propensity of organic materials to turn into tar, particularly boron and molybdenum, so we believe that minerals containing both were fundamental to life first starting. Analysis of a Martian meteorite recently showed that there was boron on Mars; we now believe that the oxidized form of molybdenum was there too.
Benner’s study shows that humans may actually be of Martian origin, so the human race may not be too far off from the old TV show “My Favorite Martian” after all!
By: Rebecca Savastio