NASA has found proof of ancient life from 110 million years ago — when "the bright, barred spiral galaxy NGC3259 was just forming stars in dark bands of dust and gas." No, the proof is not on Mars. The proof is right here on Earth, in its very own backyard.
Dinosaur hunter Ray Stanford announced the location of a newly discovered dinosaur footprint last week. He found it right on the grounds of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre. According to Stanford, the print was left by a nodosaur, a spiky four-footed armoured tank from the Cretaceous:
It was quite heavy, there's a quite a ridge or push-up here... Subsequently the sand was bound together by iron-oxide or hematite, so it gave us a nice preservation, almost like concrete.
Space scientists may walk along here, and they're walking exactly where this big, bungling heavy armored dinosaur walked, maybe 110 to 112-million years ago.
His discovery was confirmed by David Weishampel of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Weishampel is the author of the book Dinosaurs of the East Coast. According to Goddard Facilities Manager Alan Binstock, NASA "considers the footprint and its location sensitive but unclassified." [NASA]