The Case For Fossils On Mars
- Dear Friends,Love and Light.David
The Case For Fossils On Mars
What I Have Discovered
This is an excellent image of a sea urchin found by Opportunity on Sol 222. The "beak" and shell (or "test") can be seen very easily. The geometric shape of the beak is clear, the radial patterns of the shell are clear and all radiate from the beak. The lines and pattern of the shell are indisputable. When will NASA finally admit that they have clear proof of life on Mars? My research has shown since February 2004 that they have fossils of all types of marine life- urchins, trilobites, crinoids, squid, shrimp, and other complex life forms.
You can see the raw image data on the NASA/JPL website here.
Opportunity, Sol 014
Sea urchin with "hand" and "eye" features (4 found)
Opportunity, Sol 034
Opportunity, Sol 054
Sea urchin, 6-fold symmetry (terrestrial is 5-fold)
Opportunity, Sol 039
Unknown organism with star pattern on bottom
Opportunity, Sol 049
Pair of sand dollars - left is inverted, right is upright
Opportunity, Sol 222
Sea urchin beak and radial patterns
While there has been a great deal of controversy lately about the subject, I have amassed a substantial body of data that clearly supports the fact that MER-B (Opportunity) has discovered fossil remains on Mars. In particular, many of the "blueberries" are the fossil remains of a type of sea urchin, similar to fossils found on Earth. Examination of the rock and material around Eagle Crater and Endurance Crater shows other, far more advanced life forms as well, including trilobites, squids, eurypterids, crinoids, and other ancient species.
The site of exploration is located in a region known as Meridiani Planum, a region that was suspected of being a dried out sea bottom. The focus of the MER A and B spacecraft was geological in nature, but it also included equipment that could potentially reveal life or its remains. MER-A landed on the other side of the planet, in Gusev Crater which was also suspected of being a lake bottom. In short, both spacecraft were intended to explore the possibility that Mars was once a wet world, and that is why these two targets were chosen.
What seems most interesting is that their suspicions are now borne out- Mars was once "drenched" in water, according to NASA scientists. However, they have not yet taken that next step and concluded that they are seeing the fossil remains of organisms that perished about half a billion years ago. There are certain to be reasons for this that we are not aware of, not the least of which is the need to confirm clearly any conclusions that they may reach.
I will present here a body of data about my findings, how I reached my conclusions, and the supporting evidence for them. If you doubt that this data is valid, I have provided all the needed links to the Mars Exploration Rover home page and you can download the information directly from NASA. I also have included any methods I used to process the data so that you can recreate my steps and verify what I have found. The decision of whether to believe my conclusions is your own, but I am confident that you will agree that it is the simplest explanation of what we are seeing.
DISCLAIMERS: Note that I have no present professional association with NASA or JPL. My findings are my own and not to be associated with either organization. No connection is to be assumed, nor is any stated or implied.
If you are expecting to see evidence of intelligent aliens, or flying saucers, or monuments, or anything even remotely connected to such ideas, you are going to be sorely disappointed. I have found absolutely no evidence (nor do I expect to find any) of such things. Mars is essentially a fossil planet that shows a cross section of organisms similar to what Earth supported about half a billion years ago.
My findings show that many of the blueberries are related to cystoids, paracrinoids, and other ancient organisms, and some are actually rolled up trilobites. Also, there are active springs, geysers and fumaroles scattered over the Meridiani Planum area, and they are presently producing liquid water. See the liquid water links below. Note that under most circumstances, exposed liquid water does not last long on the surface of Mars. However, it is constantly being replenished from springs and geysers, and the relative humidity of the atmosphere is nearly 100% most of the time as a result (first reported by Viking in 1975).
CONFIRMATIONS continue to come in from people who have examined these fossils. I have received confirmations from professors and teachers of biology, paleontologists and amateur fossil hunters and collectors. I have also received pictures of terrestrial blue fossils of sea urchins. This indicates that many of the same processes are very likely in operation on Mars and on Earth. I have also personally located many blue-gray fossils in recent hunts myself. New images will be published shortly.
Due to the effects of Hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Jeanne, it is taking me longer to answer emails and post new data. I am located in Orlando, Florida (50 miles/80 km from the space center) and as such, have to deal with the extreme weather. Please have patience as cable outages and basic service disruptions have had an impact on the reply time and the page updates. On the bright side, I have taken this time to try and organize and add new materials.
There has been a veritable flood of new material added to this site.
New page showing detailed gallery of Martian urchins NEW - Perfect Sol 222 urchin picture
Mars also had coral - here is a perfect image
See all new images in color NEW - Sol 120 missing images added to the gallery
Coming soon - the digital MarsDial and simulated optical experiments with it NEW
Unusual new images - are these dead insects? They look like beetles.
The calibration fixture mirrors are not mirrors - the sky cannot be seen in them UPDATED
Are almost all new microscopic images being censored? Check the NASA site - blanks!
When the lens filter is open (M2), the early images are now completely blanked out. Why? The lens cover (M1) is used to filter out light in the 400 to 500 nm range (violet to blue-green). But later sols show that both M1 and M2 images are blank. This means that the filter is not responsible- some other agent is.
Click the following links to see how many images from Opportunity are now blanks.
Sol 190 Sol 191 Sol 192 Sol 193 Sol 194 Sol 195 Sol 196 Sol 197 Sol 198 Sol 199 Sol 200 Sol 209
NASA or somebody within the organization has been editing some of the raw images - HERE IS THE DATA
This should be no surprise- NASA has edited images before and covered it
Even the newest released Sol 168 images show the same editing as the older ones
MORE TRICKERY - NASA has deliberately "painted" the skies the wrong color - HERE IS THE PROOF
NASA's unpublished Sol 120 data for Opportunity panoramics - HERE IS THE DATA new views of the ice
Are both NASA and the ESA now censoring proof of life on Mars? Here is the article
Does this look familiar? The Stromatolites of Stella Maris, Bahamas!
http://www.theflyingcircus.com/stella_maris.html This is a remarkable match to some of the Opportunity scenery
About Mars And The Landers UPDATED
About Water On Mars Today
Liquid water is present on Mars today This is the technical article explaining how and why
About The Fossils
A gallery of fossil organisms updates almost daily
Living examples of the Martian fossils Live examples here on Earth
Vacuum fossilization - a unique method on Mars How many of these fossils were produced
(in progress) The technical paper that supports my findings - how I reached my conclusions
Evidence from experiments, references, and NASA
Where did our oceans come from? Mystery solved my technical paper explaining the source of water and atmosphere
How small are sea urchins on Earth? Here is a sea urchin on a penny- some are very small (2mm)
How small are trilobites on Earth? These also can be very tiny
Why can't I see some of these fossils? Here is why some people can't make them out easily
A paper on Martian hydrothermal vents and the Mossbauer spectrometer (Arizona State University)
Experiments and Technical Details
The filter errors on the NASA site - how to assemble accurate color images NASA's early errors and how to compensate
(in progress) A historical timeline of life on Earth and Mars
Mars can only be red because of life Earth also underwent a "great rusting" before the Cambrian Era
Is this life? It looks like it moves Later NASA images say otherwise
Images And Anaglyphs
Color images that I have assembled from the raw data UPDATED ALMOST DAILY
Full color stereo images - my own process IR and violet can produce a synthetic green frame - full color
Missing Sol 183 image data in color which was later posted by NASA
How to contact me Do you have fossils that you want to show that are like the Martian fossils? I am accepting and screening images that appear similar to these organisms and will give full credit for any I use. Questions, comments, ideas, or anything? Send me an email by clicking the contact link to the left. I try to personally answer every email.
"A pious man is one who would be an atheist if the king were." - Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696)
The material and images on this page are copyrighted and are not to be used without the express permission of the owners of those images. All images show credits to the originators, or are original or "value-added" images processed by myself to present the material in a new and original manner. Copyright © 2004 Xenotech Research and Sir Charles W. Shults III, K.B.B.
All my research is funded by a generous grant from Dr. Nelson Ying, Baron of Balquhain.