View Full Version : Terrestrial fossils on the Moon

2014-Jul-28, 08:32 PM
This paper (http://rsta.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/372/2023/20130190) is the first I've read that directly seeks to verify/debunk the often touted idea that there could be terrestrial microfossils on the moon, transferred by major impacts. What do folk think of it? Mainly I'm wondering what people think of the idea that fossils (possibly) stored on the Moon by nature could have scientific value...

2014-Jul-28, 08:59 PM
Maybe we'll find old chunks of dinosaur bones on the moon...sorry, nothing to contribute but lame humor.

John Mendenhall
2014-Jul-28, 10:43 PM
I'd be satisfied with microfossils ...

2014-Jul-29, 03:19 AM
I wouldn't be surprised by microfossils, but that would involve a lot of leg work on the moon or some amazing detective work from Earth.

2014-Aug-09, 02:52 PM
I've seen speculations about possible Earth rocks on the Moon - NASA Science (http://science1.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2002/18oct_earthrocks/) If some asteroid or comet had sent Earth rocks into space fast enough, then some of them may have hit the Moon. Earth rocks may even include fossils in them. The Moon may also preserve Earth rocks from its very early history, because it has much less surface erosion and geological activity than the Earth does.

A problem would be recognizing them. One would have to look for some rock features that are more typical of Earth rocks than Moon rocks, like chemical composition and evidence of being deposited from water.