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Tracing life back into space: a difficult task
Author(s): Hans D. Pflug; Bettina Heinz
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Paper Abstract

Precambrian microfossils were used for a comparison in the study of the microstructures in carbonaceous meteorites. As a result, three morphological categories could be distinguished in the meteorite materials. Category 1- morphologies are such simple spheres and filaments that we can hardly be confident about biological assignments. Category 2-morphologies closely resemble structures known from laboratory experiments and thus should continue to be treated as non-biogenous. Morphologies of the third category are quite comparable to terrestrial microfossils in their preserved features and thus might be biogenous. Our observations suggest that carbonaceous meteorites are heterogenous in composition and contain particles from different extraterrestrial sources and of different ages.

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Date Published: 6 July 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3441, Instruments, Methods, and Missions for Astrobiology, (6 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.319837
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Hans D. Pflug, Univ. Giessen (Germany)
Bettina Heinz, California State Univ./San Marcos (United States)

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

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