Meteorite samples from an ancient impact site situated in Germany, hint towards the possibility that oceans and life existed on Mars.
According to a recent study done on the meteorite samples of the RiesCrater, formed roughly 15 million years ago, Mars may have been warm enough to surface oceans and life.
Though it is unlikely that Mars would have had enough oxygen to support complex life structures like humans and animals, simpler microorganisms could have possibly sustained themselves if Mars had water with a neutral pH level and was highly alkaline.
Historian S. Shettar, 85, breathed his last early on February 28 in Bengaluru.
Shettar was known for his multi-disciplinary work, encompassing linguistics, epigraphy, anthropology, the study of religions and art history.
He had extensively worked on the Jain practice of ritual death in Karnataka and Asoka edicts. He had studied and compiled early edicts in Kannada and worked extensively on the growth of Kannada language down the ages.
His 2007 book “ShangamTamilagam” is considered a seminal work in the study of the early period of Dravidian languages. It won him Bhasha Samman from Central Sahitya Akademi.