Byline: From David Gardner in Los Angeles
A NASA scientist claims to have discovered the remains of aliens in meteorites that hit Earth.
Dr Richard Hoover, an astrobiologist with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Centre in the U.S., believes microscopic fossils found in the space rock may help explain how life began.
The extraordinary claim comes after ten years of studying ancient meteorites that have fallen in remote areas of the globe.
Dr Hoover claims to have found rare meteorites in Antarctica, Siberia and Alaska called carbonaceous chondrites, of which only nine are known to exist.
And he insists the structures he found in the space rocks resemble bug-like 'cyanobacteria' fossils of extraterrestrial beings. 'I interable pret it as indicating that life is more broadly distributed than restricted strictly to the planet Earth,' said Dr Hoover, who revealed his theory in a report published in this month's Journal of Cosmology.
'This field of study has just barely been touched because, quite frankly, a great many scientists would say that this is impossible.'
The scientist said he found the fossils - that are not visible to the naked eye - after fracturing the meteorites in a laboratory and …