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Mars Is Covered In Bugs, Claims One Entomologist

The idea that Mars is just one big, red barren planet has long been set aside by experts and scientists, and incoming mission statements for future Mars missions now include the search for evidence of microbial life on it. It may not be the Martians we previously dreamt of, but such evidence, whether fossil or extant, means that it’s not as dead as we thought it would be, or that it wasn’t always that way.

However, one scientist believes that we already found life on Mars, and that it’s been staring at our faces the entire time. Furthermore, they’re not also the tiny microbes that we hope to find, but rather large, strapping bugs.

Martian Bugs

According to Entomologist William Romoser of Ohio University, many of the publicly released photos of the Martian surface show structures that resemble large insects, some of them fossilized, and some of them living.

Recently, he presented his findings at the Entomological Society of America annual meeting, while he believes the body of evidence he has justifies the suggestion that it should be investigated further. At the moment, his findings still aren’t peer-reviewed.

"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," Romoser said.

Per Romoser, he spotted the supposed bugs in the photos sent by Curiosity and Opportunity, the latter of which has already ‘died’ during a colossal Martian sandstorm last year. According to the entomologist, many of these photos show clear evidence of insects, including those of antennae, legs, wings and segmented bodies.

"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," he added.

Whether he’s right, would have to wait until the 2021, when a new Mars mission finally lands on the planet. Until then, we’re left wondering if those are indeed space bugs… or merely rocks.

Mars Scientists have been exploring Mars to find potential signs of life and to see if it could support new organisms in the future. Pixabay

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