As scientists still scramble to determine whether there is life on Mars or not, a researcher from the Ohio University in the United States believes that there is evidence of insect-like creatures on Mars. By photos from various Mars rovers, Professor Emeritus William Romoser’s research has found numerous examples of insect-like creatures, which are structured similar to bees as well as reptile-like forms – both found as fossils and living creatures.
Professor Emeritus said, “There has been and still is life on Mars. There is apparent diversity among the Martian insect-like fauna which display many features similar to Terran insects that are interpreted as advanced groups – for example, the presence of wings, wing flexion, agile gliding/flight, and variously structured leg elements.” He also added that while the Martian rovers – particularly the Curiosity Rover has been looking for indicators of organic activity, there are numerous photos that clearly depict the insect and reptile-like creatures. The criteria used in Professor Emeritus William Romoser’s research includes dramatic departure from the surroundings, clarity of form, body symmetry, segmentation of body parts, repeating form, skeletal remains, and observation of forms in close proximity to one another. He said, “Once a clear image of a given form was identified and described, it was useful in facilitating recognition of other less clear, but none-the-less valid, images of the same basic form. An exoskeleton and jointed appendages are sufficient to establish identification as an arthropod. Three body regions, a single pair of antennae, and six legs are traditionally sufficient to establish identification as ‘insect’ on Earth. These characteristics should likewise be valid to identify an organism on Mars as insect-like.”
He added, “On these bases, arthropoda, an insect-like creature can be seen in the Mars rover photos. The presence of higher metazoan organisms on Mars implies the presence of nutrient/energy sources and processes, food chains and webs, and water as elements functioning in a viable, if extreme, ecological setting sufficient to sustain life. The evidence of life on Mars presented here provides a strong basis for many additional important biological as well as social and political questions.”
This recent study was presented at the Entomological Society of America’s National meeting. - IANS