Alien life has been found in the upper reaches of the Earth’s atmosphere, according to Sheffield University scientists – who believe their findings could rewrite history.
Small organisms were found when a` balloon was sent high into the upper reaches of the stratosphere during a recent meteor shower.
Scientists argue the creatures are too large to have simply drifted up from the planet’s surface to a height of 27kms – and that they prove life is continually arriving on Earth from space.
Team leader Professor Milton Wainwright predicted traditional views of biology and evolution would have to be completely changed.
He said: “The only way these particles could have got so high is through a violent volcanic eruption, which didn’t occur within three years of the sampling trip being carried out.
“In the absence of a mechanism by which large particles like these can be transported to the stratosphere, we can only conclude the biological entities originated from space.
“Our conclusion then is that life is continually arriving to Earth from space, life is not restricted to this planet, and it almost certainly did not originate here. The results could be revolutionary.”
Professor Wainwright said stringent precautions had been taken against the possibility of contamination during sampling and processing, and said they were confident the organisms could only have come from the stratosphere.
Now the team is hoping to confirm its findings by carrying out the test again in October to coincide with an upcoming Halley’s Comet-associated meteorite shower.