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Filaments in carbonaceous meteorites: mineral crystals, modern bio-contaminants or indigenous microfossils of trichomic prokaryotes?
Author(s): Richard B. Hoover; Alexei Yu. Rozanov
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Paper Abstract

Environmental (ESEM) and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) investigations have resulted in the detection of a large number of complex filaments in a variety of carbonaceous meteorites. Many of the filaments were observed to be clearly embedded the rock matrix of freshly fractured interior surfaces of the meteorites. The high resolution images obtained combined with tilt and rotation of the stage provide 3-dimensional morphological and morphometric data for the filaments. Calibrated Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) and 2-D elemental X-ray maps have provided information on the chemical compositions of the filaments and the minerals of the associated meteorite rock matrix. These observations are used to evaluate diverse hypotheses regarding the possible abiotic or biogenic nature of the filaments found embedded in these meteorites.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 September 2011
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8152, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XIV, 815204 (20 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.898659
Show Author Affiliations
Richard B. Hoover, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Alexei Yu. Rozanov, A.A. Borisyak Paleontological Institute (Russian Federation)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8152:
Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology XIV
Richard B. Hoover; Paul C. W. Davies; Gilbert V. Levin; Alexei Yu. Rozanov, Editor(s)

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