NANOFOSSILS: SOME HIGH OCTANE SPECULATION
When T.S. sent the following article to me, I had to read and re-read it a couple of times trying to figure out why he thought it intriguing enough to send, and I think I know, and that thought is the subject of today's high octane speculation. But as for the article itself, it's fairly straight forward, and about a fairly straight forward topic: Fossils, and in this case, really tiny ones, or "nano-fossils":
Now I'm not sure why the article said that these "ghost fossils" are "completely unexpected." A quick search will reveal that they've been known for quite a while. In this case, the nano-fossil in question is that of a type of plankton:
The fossils are microscopic imprints, or “ghosts,” of single-celled plankton, called coccolithophores, that lived in the seas millions of years ago, and their discovery is revolutionizing our understanding of how climate change affects plankton in the oceans.
And just for good measure, the article includes a few highly intriguing pictures:
Now I want to have you join me in a though experiment which I hope will make a little more sense of today's very high, off-the-end-of-the-twig, speculation. Assume, for a moment, that you were looking at the second picture, without any text or article as context for what you're looking at. What would you say they were? And where were they?
For my part, when I saw these strange pictures, my first impression was that they looked like some sort of space satellites. Or even an artist's depictions of Ezekiel's "wheels within wheels." The last thing I would have thought of was some sort of organism, and the very last thing I would have thought of was a very small organism, much less a fossil of that organism. At the minimum, however, I thought we were looking at a technology.
And it's that word - technology - that brings me to today's high octane speculation. What if we are looking at a technology? After all, most(not all) nano-technology currently is biological (remember Dr. Charles Lieber?) Some of it can be mechanical, certainly, but much of it is biological. And under special circumstances, such material can be fossilized. If this be the case, then the implications become rather large: if it could be conclusively demonstrated that some of this stuff is a technology, then we're looking at a Very High Civilization in the mists of pre-history. And suppose, just for fun, that these very pictures, while of plankton, are also pictures of technology, or to put that differently, suppose the plankton in this case is the technology. If so, then ... well... you know...
...you have to think about it...
See you on the flip side...
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