New Paper Argues for Fungi on Mars

An intriguing new scientific paper suggests that there is life on Mars in the form of fungi growing on the surface of the Red Planet. The bold assertion, which sounds similar to arguments made by Martian anomaly hunters in the past, comes courtesy of a peer-reviewed piece in the Journal of Astrobiology and Space Science Reviews. In the paper, titled 'Evidence of Life on Mars?,' the authors posit that various forms of fungi and lichens have been photographed on the Red Planet by NASA rovers and cite a number of images that they believe back up this fantastic theory.

In a press release announcing the paper's publication, one of the authors, Dr. Regina Dass, contends that "there are no geological or other abiogenic forces on Earth which can produce sedimentary structures, by the hundreds, which have mushroom shapes, stems, stalks, and shed what looks like spores on the surrounding surface." She goes on to note that "fifteen specimens were photographed by NASA growing out of the ground in just three days!"

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