Sunday, June 2, 2013

Meteorites Are a Girl's Best Friend

An iron bead that was found inside a 5,000 year old Egyptian tomb was recently discovered to have cosmic origins. Dating between 3350 and 3600 B.C., researchers found that the jewelry was rich in nickel, a signature of iron meteorites. A distinctive pattern was discovered on the bead, a pattern only found in meteorites that cooled at an extremely slow rate inside asteroids when the solar system was forming.

"Today, we see iron first and foremost as a practical, rather dull metal," Egyptologist, Joyce Tyldesley, said in a statement. "To the ancient Egyptians, however, it was a rare and beautiful material which, as it fell from the sky, surely had some magical/religious properties."

This is not the first time scientists have discovered artifacts from meteorites. Researchers recently discovered that a Buddha statue brought to Europe by the Nazis was carved from a meteorite. The rock that the Buddha statue originated from was the Chinga meteorite, believed to have fell to earth 10,000 to 20,000 years ago.

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