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Mars Rock Older Than Thought 37

Posted by samzenpus
from the you-don't-look-a-day-over-3-billion dept.
Rambo Tribble writes "The BBC reports on a finding, reported in Nature, (abstract), that the so-called 'Black Beauty' rock, discovered in the Sahara, is over twice as old as previously thought. The meteorite is now thought to be 4.4 billion years old, dating from a time in a nascent Mars' history that scientists are eager to know more about."
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Mars Rock Older Than Thought

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 22, 2013 @04:22AM (#45488969)

    ...it's older than thought itself!

  • Mars Rock Older Than Thought

    That's nothing. I've got underpants that are older than time.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Dude, my neighbor down the street is older than God.

      His lawn is immaculate.

  • but 1st I gotta complete the Dr Who doodle over @ google.fr
  • by Laxator2 (973549) on Friday November 22, 2013 @08:02AM (#45489865)

    "...Older than thought".
    Humans became a sentient species only recently, on the geological time scale.
    So a rock being older that thought itself, is not so surprising.
    Now, what was I just thinking about?
    My head feels heavy, like a rock ...

    • by erice (13380)

      "...Older than thought".
      Humans became a sentient species only recently, on the geological time scale.
      So a rock being older that thought itself, is not so surprising.

      To be older than human thought it easy. However, to be older than thought would require that the rock be older than thought anywhere in the universe. We lack evidence to decide that one.

  • by barlevg (2111272) on Friday November 22, 2013 @08:46AM (#45490135)

    Q: Why does a Mars rock taste better than an Earth rock?

    A: Because it's a little meteor.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    It took them how long to decide to cut it open and count the rings?

  • by PPH (736903) on Friday November 22, 2013 @12:39PM (#45492681)

    ... Earth rock still holds the record thanks to Mick Jagger.

  • To the many Murcans (including elected officials) that think that humans and dinosaurs co-existed 6,000 years ago, this revelation means nothing. I abhor the indifference. On another note, the Bible IS fiction.

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