There is currently no clear evidence that there is life on Mars. On the other hand, it is not yet possible to fully refute the existence of living organisms on the Red Planet. Therefore, many scientists from around the world are trying to find at least some evidence for this or that argument. And a new study by Professor William Romozer of Ohio University claims that we already have evidence of insects on Mars. But not everything is as clear as it seems.
Is there life on Mars?
Dr. Romozer, who specializes in medical entomology (this is a branch of zoology that studies insects), studied for several years photographs of Mars available on the Internet. He found many examples of insect-like forms that are constructed like bees, as well as reptile-like forms of both fossils and, he claims, living things.
There was and is life on Mars, "Romozer said, noting that both the fossilized and the living creatures were visible on the images he presented. There is an obvious variety among the Martian insect-like fauna that has many characteristics inherent in terrestrial insects. For example, the presence of wings, bending of the wings, flexible gliding / flying and various elements of the limbs.
Romozer indicates that Rover, and in particular the Curiosity Rover, was looking for indicators of organic activity, but there are a number of photographs in which insect-like and reptilian forms are clearly visible. Numerous photographs show pictures in which parts of the arthropod body as well as legs and wings stand out clearly from the surroundings. And what do you think, what is shown in the pictures are really insects? Talk in our telegram chat.
Individual images were carefully examined by varying various photographic parameters such as brightness, contrast, saturation, inversion, etc. Content was not added to or deleted from the photo. The criteria used in Romozer's study included a sharp choice against the background of the environment, clarity of form, body symmetry, segmentation of body parts, bone remnants and observation of close-up forms, special attitudes, evidence of movement, flight, visible interaction and so on.
Once this clear image had been identified and described, it was useful to facilitate the recognition of other equally reliable images of the same form, Romozer said. The exoskeleton and joint appendages are sufficient to identify the shape as an arthropod. Three body regions, one antenna pair, and six legs are traditional to many insect-like beings.
Now let us digress a bit from the evidence presented to us and look at the problem from a slightly different angle. In the pictures from Mars many enthusiasts and even famous scientists repeatedly found similar outlines for living organisms. This is anything but a message of such an illusion (and in this case it is very likely that this is the case), there is a complete scientific explanation – pareidolia. Pareidolia is a feature of the human brain to interpret unfamiliar images and to recognize familiar objects in them. So it is easier for our consciousness to analyze and structure information.
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Critics of Professor Romozers theory and NASA say that the images they deliver are not "sand, shadow and stone". Also, do not forget that the honorable scientist has studied insects and other insect-like life forms throughout his life. So it is not surprising that his brain "saw" the familiar shape. Of course, you should not completely rule out the possibility of life on Mars, but it is worth your while to be skeptical of such statements.