Re: Unconvincing hype @ ST
Perhaps you should at least peruse the paper before decrying it as bunkum. The author absolutely does NOT make any claims that:
"- there is only one way these bumps could have been created - namely bacteria
- the mud bumps on Mars were created by the same exact process as the mud bumps on Earth"
What she DID say is as follows (taken from the abstract):
"In this paper, the similarities of the macroscopic morphologies, spatial associations, and temporal succession of sedimentary structures on Mars to MISS preserved on Earth has led to the following hypothesis: The sedimentary structures in the <3.7 Ga Gillespie Lake Member on Mars are ancient MISS produced by interactions between microbial mats and their environment. Proposed here is a strategy for detecting, identifying, conﬁrming, and differentiating possible MISS during current and future Mars missions."
Notice anything about that last sentence?
"... a strategy for detecting, identifying, conﬁrming, and differentiating ..."
That's called Science!