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American scientist claims that there are insects on Mars

There is currently no clear evidence thatthat there is life on Mars. On the other hand, it is not yet possible to completely refute the existence of living organisms on the Red Planet. Therefore, a lot of scientists from around the world are trying to find at least some evidence in favor of this or that argument. And a new study by Ohio University professor William Romozer claims that we already have evidence of insects on Mars. But not everything is as clear as it seems.

Perhaps there are insects on Mars

Is there life on Mars?

Dr. Romozer who specializes inmedical entomology (this is a branch of zoology that studies insects) spent several years studying the photographs of Mars that are available on the Internet. He found many examples of insect-like forms structured like bees, as well as reptile-like forms of both fossils and, as he claims, living things.

There was and is life on Mars, said Romozer,noting that both the petrified and the living creatures are visible in the pictures presented to him. There is an obvious diversity among the Martian insect-like fauna, which has many features inherent in terrestrial insects. For example, the presence of wings, bending of the wings, flexible glide / flight and various elements of the limbs.

In general, it is very similar to an insect. But the outlines are fuzzy

Romozer states that while the rovers, inIn particular, the Curiosity rover, looking for indicators of organic activity, there are a number of photos that clearly depict insect-like and reptile-like forms. Numerous photographs show images where segments of the body of arthropods, along with legs and wings, can be clearly distinguished from the surrounding area. And what do you think, what is shown in the images are really insects? Speak out in our Telegram chat.

Individual images were carefully studied atvarying various photographic parameters, such as brightness, contrast, saturation, inversion, and so on. Content was not added to or deleted from the photo. The criteria used in Romozer’s study included a sharp selection against the background of the environment, clarity of shape, body symmetry, segmentation of body parts, skeletal remains and observation of forms in close proximity to each other, special postures, evidence of movement, flight, visible interaction, and so on.

After it has been identified and describedThis clear image, it was useful to facilitate the recognition of other equally reliable images of the same form, said Romozer. The exoskeleton and articulated appendages are sufficient to establish the identification of the form as an arthropod. Three areas of the body, one pair of antennas and six legs are traditional for many representatives of insect-like creatures.

But this image already raises a number of questions ...

Now let's get a little distractedevidence provided to us and take a look at the problem from a slightly different angle. More than once in the pictures from Mars, many enthusiasts and even famous scientists found something similar to outlines for living organisms. This is far from news of such an illusion (and in this case it is with great probability that this is it) there is a completely scientific explanation - pareidolia. Pareidolia is a feature of the human brain to interpret unfamiliar images and recognize familiar objects in them. So our consciousness is easier to analyze and structure information.

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Critics of the theory of professor romozer andNASA officials claim that the images provided to them are nothing but "sand, shadows and stones." In addition, do not forget that the honorable scientist throughout his life has been studying insects and other insect-like life forms. So it is not surprising that his brain “saw” the familiar shape. Of course, it is not worth completely excluding the possibility of the presence of life on Mars, but it is worth skepticism to believe such statements.