William Romoser, of Ohio University, thinks he has seen enough evidence of life on Mars to go forward with his findings after researching photographs of Mars rovers over the past few years.
According to Dr. Romoser, who specializes in arbovirology and entomology, he has found many examples of insect like beings in various photos of the red planet. So much so, that he presented his findings to the Entomological Society of America in St Louis this week.
Romoser found several types of insect like beings including many that look like large arthropods, many that look like bees and live in hive and some that look like reptiles. According to Romoser, he has clear evidence of body symmetry, segmentation of body parts and various postures of the same beings in different positions.
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. On these bases, arthropodan, insect-like forms can be seen in the Mars rover photos.Dr, Romoser – Ohio State University
Dr. Romoser is not just a crackpot fringe scientist either. He co-founded the Tropical Disease Institute and spent 20 years at the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases and literally wrote the textbook of “The Science of Entomology”. The findings are presented in a peer review manner and are subject to open debate.
As far as why Mars would be able to sustain life in what appears to be such a barren landscape, he has this to say:
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. I have observed instances suggestive of standing water or small water courses with evident meander and with the expected blurring of small submerged rocks, larger emergent rocks at the atmosphere/water interface, a moist bank area, and a drier area beyond the moist area. Water on Mars has been reported a number of times, including surface water detected by instrumentation on Viking, Pathfinder, Phoenix, and Curiosity.Dr, Romoser – Ohio State University
The evidence of life on Mars presented here provides a strong basis for many additional important biological as well as social and political questions. It also represents a solid justification for further study.
Skeptics will chalk this up to pareidolia, which has become the go to defense of the status quo for Mars findings for quite some time. However, the evidence coming out now with spikes of oxygen on the red planet, positive tests for organic life made by the Viking landers and the weird Martian lights that have been photographed and confirmed, it sounds less crazy every day.