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Carbonaceous objects resembling nannobacteria in the Allende meteorite
Author(s): Robert L. Folk; F. Leo Lynch
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Paper Abstract

The carbon in Allende consists of balls ranging form 30 to 150 nm in diameter.Most are spheres, but some ovoid to worm- like forms occur. Grape-like clumps and rosary-like chains are the most dramatic mimics of terrestrial bacterial colonies. We propose that the carbon balls in Allende represent roasted corpses of nanobacteria because of their resemblance to nanobacteria on earth.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3441, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology, (6 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.319830
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Robert L. Folk, Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)
F. Leo Lynch, Univ. of Texas at Austin (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3441:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology
Richard B. Hoover, Editor(s)

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