“Area on Mars could hold fossilized remains of life”,1 “New Fossil Evidence for life on Mars?”2 or even more optimistically, “Scientists identified signs of life on Mars”3—In a prime example of hyper-sensationalism in journalism, these headlines describe not a cosmic archaeological dig, but the discovery of mineral-rich clay rocks on Mars in a region called the Nili Fossae.

So what is it about this Martian clay that has these journalists practically proclaiming the discovery of fossilized ET? According to the reports, it has some similarities to a region of Australia “where there was buried and preserved evidence of ancient life on earth.” “Scientists” and “experts” think that this discovery warrants close examination of the area to see if there are also fossils there.

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