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Life on Mars would have gone extinct more than 1.3 billion years ago

Life on Mars would have gone extinct more than 1.3 billion years ago

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Since the dawn of astronomy, humans have been obsessed with the question as to whether there is life elsewhere in the universe.

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Indeed, much of the scientific focus on Mars is devoted to answering this question, as there are hints that the red planet may have had microbial life in its youth. 

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But you don't actually have to go to Mars to study the planet.

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Conveniently, around 11 million years ago, a cluster of Martian meteorites known as the nakhlites struck Earth,

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likely propelled by the force of a huge impact on Mars that send debris into the solar system that eventually found its way to Earth.

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Swedish doctoral student Josefin Martell — along with a team of scientists at Lund University — have been investigating the properties of a cache of these rocks.

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