Now crackpots claim they have spotted a ‘human bone’ on Mars – but it’s probably just a rock

Written by on June 28, 2020

A BIZARRE snapshot of the surface of Mars has recently resurfaced along with the conspiracy theory that it shows a human bone.

Some people think they can see a femur amongst rubble on the Red Planet but this theory was debunked by Nasa long ago.

This image was actually captured in 2014 but has resurfaced again

The photo was actually taken back in 2014 by the Curiosity Rover’s MastCam.

It’s still used by conspiracy theorists to claim that there was once human life on Mars.

This is because it shows a piece of rubble that looks quite similar to a human thigh bone.

A Nasa spokesperson previously explained: “Seen by Mars rover Curiosity using its MastCam, this Mars rock may look like a femur thigh bone.

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“Mission science team members think its shape is likely sculpted by erosion, either wind or water.

“If life ever existed on Mars, scientists expect that it would be small simple life forms called microbes.

“Mars likely never had enough oxygen in its atmosphere and elsewhere to support more complex organisms. Thus, large fossils are not likely.”

When people attribute human likeness to objects it can be due to a phenomenon called pareidolia.

According to Science Alert, this condition can make the brain process visual information too quickly and leads to people jumping to conclusions.

The Mars ‘human bone’ conspiracy isn’t the first time people think they’ve spotted life on the planet.

There have also been claims of things like a Mars Bigfoot or Mars mushrooms.

As Nasa has already noted, if there is life on Mars it’s likely to be microbes and not anything resembling humans.

Mars facts

Here's what you need to know about the red planet…

  • Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun
  • It is named after the Roman god of war
  • The landmass of Mars is very similar to Earth but due to the difference in gravity you could jump three times higher there than you can here
  • Mars is mountainous and hosts the tallest mountain known in the Solar System called Olympus Mons, which is three times higher than Everest
  • Mars is considered to be the second most habitable planet after Earth
  • It takes the planet 687 Earth days to orbit the Sun
  • So far, there has been 39 missions to Mars but only 16 of these have been successful

In other space news, a conspiracy theory is claiming the world will end next week.

A fireball has been filmed soaring across the night sky in Tennessee.

And, Nasa has revealed the design of a moon lander that could be taking astronauts back to the lunar surface by 2024.

Have you heard any odd conspiracy theories recently? Let us know in the comments…

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