An old meteorite found in Britain claimed it was older than Earth’s. Scientists believe that thanks to this, the origin of life on Earth can be revealed. This stone, which came from space, is also considered to be the oldest meteorite on Earth. Scientists from the East Anglian Astrophysical Research Organization (EAARO) have claimed that this meteorite is older than our planet.
This stone is 4.6 billion years old
The EAARO issued a statement saying the meteorite was discovered in March in an alley near the village of Woodmancott in Gloucestershire, England. Its weight is around 300 grams. The age of this stone fragment is 4.6 billion years old, while the age of the Earth is estimated to be around 4.54 billion years. In such a situation, there is a lot of enthusiasm among scientists for this meteorite.
The answer to the beginning of life on earth can be found
Scientists at Loughborough University report that this unique piece of space debris could answer the question of how life on Earth began. Sean Fowler of the Loughborough Materials Characterization Center said most of the meteorite is made up of minerals such as olivine and phyllosilicates. The structure of this stone is unlike anything found on earth. In this we also have information about an unknown chemical or physical structure.
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As soon as they enter the Earth’s atmosphere, celestial rocks or asteroids break and burn up and are sometimes visible from Earth as meteorites. If they are too big, they can damage the soil, but the small pieces are not very dangerous. At the same time, they usually fall into the oceans because water is present over most of the land.
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