Scientists representing the Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, while studying the Orgei meteorite, which fell in France in 1864, discovered fossilized microorganisms that may be older than the Earth. Their existence falls on the time of the origin of the solar system.
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Organic matter inside the lump was found immediately. However, in the 19th century, scientists did not have the opportunity to establish their age and origin. A new study by experts has allowed photographs of microbes to be taken using an electron microscope. Magnetotactics were discovered, which are organisms that arise only in the presence of a magnetic field and water. Also, forms were identified that resemble prokaryotes (prenuclear unicellular organisms) and armored amoebae, alveolates, protists and unicellular algae.
Scientists believe that their work results prove the theory of panspermia, according to which life arose in space and roamed the universe on comets, and then arrived on Earth. Organic matter is found in all meteorites created from the primary matter of the solar system. As a result, experts came to the conclusion about their existence even before the emergence of the Blue Planet.