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Re: Martian fossils (Martiobiota)



I think the most proper is -Bionta = bios "living" + ont- "being"
So, Geobionta "Earthly living beings"; Martiobionta "Martian living beings".
How about using the Greek name for Mars, Ares - "Areobionta" ?

Joao SL
Rio de Janeiro

----- Original Message -----
From: David Marjanovic <david.marjanovic@gmx.at>
To: The Dinosaur Mailing List <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Friday, March 02, 2001 6:59 PM
Subject: Re: Martian fossils (Martiobiota)


>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ken Kinman" <kinman@hotmail.com>
> To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
> Sent: Friday, March 02, 2001 12:11 AM
> Subject: Martian fossils (Martiobiota)
>
>
> >
> > Dear All,
> > Additional evidence has been published showing that Martian microbial
> > life did exist on Mars long ago (who knows, they may still exist in its
> > nooks and crannies).
> > Although none of these fossils has been given a genus or species name
> > (understandably), they can be classified in Cosmogenre Martiobiota (a
name
> > which I proposed in 1996 in Journal of MetaBioSystematics).
> >     However, there is no reason to assume that they are genetically
> related
> > to Earth life (Cosmogenre Geobiota), their magnetotatic similarities
being
> > most likely convergent.  But I'm sure the "panspermia" believers will
> think
> > otherwise.  So it goes.  There is a link below for those interested in
> > extraterrestrial fossils.
> > ----Ken Kinman
> > http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2001/ast28feb_1.htm
>
> Magnetosomes are great evidence for life, I'd say, but not evidence
against
> contamination from Earth...
> Anyway, though panspermia is too much to buy for me, it is very plausible
> that Earth and Mars exchanged lots of rocks during heavy bombardment
times,
> so IMHO there is "reason to assume that they are genetically related to
> Earth life" if THEY exist(ed).
>
> Same problem here as with dinosaurs -- the old sayer "give me more
> fossils!!!".
>
> BTW, does anyone here know enough classical Greek to be able to tell me
> whether it should be -biota or -bionta?
>
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