The Martian rover has discovered an object that resembles a bear-shaped fossil. Naturally, the image of relayed back to Earth by the rover send to Mars managed to spark the imagination of many alien hunters and ufologists from around the globe.
According to NASA, some time ago, while conducting a routine survey of the Martian soil, the rover encountered a rock formation with a most peculiar shape. Of course, many alien hunter enthusiasts took the image for granted arguing that it represents an irrefutable piece of evidence that supports the theory of life on the Red Planet.
The imaged that sparked so many debates is indeed strange. On a first glance, the object seems to be a big chunk of rock with an unusual configuration. However, according to Scott C. Waring, a ufologist, the object we are seeing in the image is not a rock, but the fossilized remains of a bear-like creature that probably lived on Mars millions of years ago.
To support his theory, Waring said that the slightly blurred texture we’re seeing is actually the fur of an animal. At a closer look, the bear-shaped fossil seems to be cover by a thick layer of fur on its back and sides and very little fur on its face.
However, the scientists working with NASA have dismissed Waring’s theory arguing that the bear-shaped fossil is nothing more than a rock with a peculiar configuration. In addition, they also argued that during its expeditions, the rover discovered other signs that could potentially hint at life on Mars, but turned out to be rocks or minerals.
To further enforce their skeptical point of view, the scientists at NASA said that what Waring and the others are experiencing might be a form of pareidolia. As they explain it, when the mind is exposed to various stimuli (acoustic or visual) and is unable to recognize them or establish a rapport between them, it conjures up familiar shapes in order to explain the phenomena.
Of course, each side has its own explanation for the unusual bear-shaped fossil – some of them are flamboyant, some of them reasonable, and some of them outright irrational.
Perhaps the only way to wish away the hobgoblins of the mind is to actually get there and see what’s on Mars for ourselves.