EBRAHIMI ROCKS - METEORITES WITH ALIEN FOSSILS?
The rocks are strange enough. But are there UFO or plague angles to the story? This page was updated on 2/18/2020.
This article is about a claim of two meteorites found that allegedly contains what appear to be fossils. The owner, Craig EBRAHIMI, contacted me. EBRAHIMI is the 10-letter axis term on Figures 1 and 2. On January 26, 2020 Craig requested assistance in his efforts to sell the rocks. In 2017 Martian meteorites were selling for $8,500 to $28,350 per ounce ($300 to $1,000 per gram) when gold was selling for about $1,650 per ounce ($58 per gram). However, based on his account of what happened to him after he supposedly consumed material from it at least one rock might be a biological hazard. He says he lost all his hair temporarily three days after ingesting powder from it. I hesitated to cover his story based on his word alone, but it is somewhat supported by Figures 1 and 2 and lab results indicating taht he has two meteorites. My interest in the Codes is focused on the science behind it and in enhancing U.S. national security. I am concerned that by swallowing a possible non-terrestrial biological substance the encounter might rise to the level of a national security event. Ebrahimi is aware of the constant monitoring of my site by Fort Huachuca, other DoD sites and the U.K. Ministry of Defence (UK MoD). In researching his story my goal is to help them decide whether it is worth making him an offer to purchase and secure the material from his home in Canada. I am also concerned because one of his samples was sent to someone associated with the Sir John Kotelawala Defence University in Sri Lanka where it was apparently stolen after having been stored in an outhouse. Odds against Figure 1 are over 17 million to 1.
FIGURE 1 above - EBRAHIMI finds rocks out of heaven (likely meteorites) and eats some of them. What is odder than the claim is that his tale is encoded with a PLAGUE. Statistical value of Figure 1 is given on the spreadsheet below.
CRAIG EBRAHIMI'S ORIGINAL STORY. I have interviewed this guy on three or four occasions and had many e-mail conversations with him. Some of what he has to say is pretty weird. While not exactly a standard scientific publication, he did give much if his story to The Superstitious Times which I am using as a source document for finding encoded material about his claims. As for a recommendation to DoD to investigate this guy further, based on initial claims I would hold off on a full investigation until all my questions, especially about iridium content, are answered and this article is complete. Iridium data is beginning to come in as is shown on the Figure 2 below. His reluctance to tell the full story is hinted at in bold print in the article The Superstitious Times, but its nature is somewhere between hearing the Voice of God to a message implanted in his head by an extraterrestrial. This needs to be clarified. Meanwhile, here is what he allowed to be printed in The Superstitious Times on July 22, 2019:
British Columbia man discovered meteorites with faces in them
Written by Brian Baker on July 22, 2019
Two meteorites that a Sooke, B.C. man discover 60-feet beneath the Pacific Ocean waves have changed his life and stirred up an eddy of excitement with University of Victoria academics.
The two rocks, first considered examples of gabbro and basalt, have been determined to be meteorites and could hold organic elements.
Craig Ebrahimi spent more than a year getting his diving ticket so he could dive to where the ocean was calling him, he said in a June phone call.
He’s reticent to elaborate, but the whole adventure took over a year and the results have been fruitful, if not inexplicable.
“I don’t know if I should tell you the real truth. It was more like I was drawn to it. I never went diving in my life, but something made me want to get my diving ticket,” he admitted. “It was instinct.”
He consulted with several scientists, including engineer Jerzy xxxxxx, astrobiologist Chandra xxxxxxxxxxbefore sending it to Dr. xxxxxx, a STEHM technologist at the University of XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX performed her tests in October 2018. Her initial reaction was one of mild interest, but nothing more until the results came back.
NOTE: NAMES HERE ARE CENSORED AT THE REQUEST OF THE STEHM TECHNOLOGIST. STEHM stands for Scanning Transmission Electron Holography Microscope (STEHM), however it's likely a futile attempt to hide her name because the microscope she works with is likely the best in the world. It can see inside atoms resolving gold atoms at 35 picometers, beating the old mark of 49 pm.
“I saw it as just an interesting rock,” she said in a June phone call. “It showed a higher iridium content — well trace elements — and it showed tellurium (XPS) peak. More than what is found in a terrestrial rock. But it could have been an overlap with calcite.”
xxxxxxxxxx further investigated by contacting geology colleagues about the chemical compositions of both gabbro and basaltic meteorites. The rocks are on par with the Allan Hills 84001 meteorite discovered in 1984 in Allan Hills, Antarctica. It was later determined there were fossilized Martian bacteria inside.
“I emailed one of the geologists and said what is the chemical formula of gabbro and he came back with 80 percent silica dioxide and this had less than 50 percent. (The first rock) is still coming back as a meteorite.”
Ebrahimi was excited by the results, which confirmed his hypothesis that the rocks he discovered were meteorites. The next step is to confirm whether there are organic fossils within the meteorites.
“I polished it the and that exposed (more). It would blow your mind if you saw how many things are in it,” he said, adding his theory on how the meteorite collided with the ocean.
xxxxxxxxxx posits a different theory about the fossils and faces seen in both meteorites, one of pareidolia — or the interpreting of familiar shapes out of patterns.
NOTE: I interviewed this person on 2/13/2020, and while she believes that both rocks are meteorites, she still thinks the explanation for what looks like life is is pareidolia.
“All the grains of rock have faces in them. It’s fascinating, but I’m telling you it’s an illusion,” she said. “It’s still an interesting rock, and the more we look at it, the more interesting it gets.”
The next step is passing it along to the scientific community at the next Royal Microscopy meeting in London, as well as obtain the organic test results from an independent laboratory.
As for Ebrahimi, it’s been a study of geology.
“I have read thousands of papers,” he admitted, adding he’s been a guiding force in the study of the rocks. “It will be hard to believe with a guy with no education. Every time some wall comes up, I learned it, moved on.”ost his hair f
KEY WORDS ON FIGURE 1 AND THEIR STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE. While I could not find METEORITE on the matrix, the top line open text (Genesis 19:24) is the one place in Torah that I and many others look to for a description of what might have been a small asteroid impact:
LORD caused to rain upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah BRIMSTRONE AND FIRE FROM THE LORD OUT OF HEAVEN;
Odds against the above verse being on the 950-letter matrix are about 321 to 1. But why else was I amazed enough to publish the matrix? When I analyze a bizarre claim, and Ebrahimi's claims (in full) are surely bizarre, I look at the data behind the claim and the person making the claim. Is he sane or does he have an agenda at odds with pure science? Craig initially expressed an agenda to get rich by selling his rock. That was not the primary cause of my concerns. Rather, it was that he claimed to have to eaten some of the material with two physical effects: temporary loss of hair and an increase in strength.
(1) The loss of all hair (alopecia) after three days. It grew back, he says, but I have no way of knowing whether he lost it due to the rock, or shaved it off himself. The rocks were tested for radioactivity. They had nothing beyond normal rates of background radiation. Besides radioactive thallium, there are multiple agents known to cause alopecia when found at toxic levels in the human body including heavy metals, selenium, boric acid, vitamin A, prescription drugs such as colchicine, botulinum toxin, synthetic opioids, and fungi. Of particular interest here are fungi which are known to be able to survive in space, and boric acid because of Craig's accidental mention of Boron in nonsense writing about amino acids. There is normally no boron in amino acids (including the 20 amino vital for life) although amino acids an react with boron in boric acid. Due to the need to rule out any potential biohazard it's as important to review Craig's medical records as it is to view all his rock composition tests. He has rare B negative blood and he likes to push literature claiming that it's alien in origin (the link he sent me claimed that these people have a predilection for psychic phenomena and alien abductions). Standard polygraph test is also recommended, as is a substance abuse test.
On an e-mail dated February 17, 2020 in response to the above concerns Craig said five things:
(a) Never smoked cigarettes or drugs in my life.
ROFFMAN COMMENT: This leaves open the possibility of his eating foods like marijuana brownies, but a coffee addiction is more likely at work here.
(b) Stronger than you
ROFFMAN COMMENT: I think he's about 30+ years younger than me).
(c) Do not drink alcohol
(d) Do not take prescription drugs or even aspirin.
ROFFMAN COMMENT: Why doesn't he take prescription or other drugs and yet eat a substance of unknown composition? Not that it would cause loss of hair, but Craig seems to take excessive amounts of coffee which can (among 19 serious side effects right up through death) cause hallucinations which are believed to occur when an overdose of caffeine causes the body to become stressed. This is a result of high adrenaline levels (which might explain his increase strength). It can also cause rambling thought and speech which was apparent in an e-mail that he sent to me. It was also noticed by the STEHM technologist. When I pointed this out to Craig he re-read a questionable rambling e-mail that he sent me and was shocked to see that he agreed with me, promising to not take this stuff again when writing to anyone. Too much caffeine can cause speech and thought to speed up in response to the stimulant effect of caffeine. In fact, when Craig gets going it can be difficult for me to get my analysis across to him because he doesn't pause long enough for me to get a word in.
(e) And feel great but still a moody guy.
ROFFMAN COMMENT: Likely related to when he had his last cup of coffee.
We must answer the question of exactly why he lost his hair. Note that overdoses of coffee might cause him to hear voices, but that would not lead him to find two meteorites on the sea floor. And even if he's prone to exaggerating, that too would not lead to the meteorites.
(2) He claims to have gotten much stronger. For about a week I pressed him on this assertion a lot. Initially it sounded like he wanted to sell the rock at an inflated price due to a buyer's belief in potential medicinal value (like an energy drink), but eventually he admitted that there were no positive physical affects that he could quantify. However, risking his health and that of others by eating some of the meteorite seems suggestive of Figure 1 via the following open text in Leviticus 7:18:
THE SOUL THAT EATS IT SHALL BEAR HIS INIQUITY.
The above verse was also found against odds of about 321 to 1. The last really significant find here matches fears that I expressed by phone to Ebrahimi. It is the open text word for PLAGUE which appears against odds of about 36 to 1. I warned him that eating some of the rock, in an uncontrolled fashion, might make him a potential carrier of a plague. We have now had several discussions about this possibility. He asserts that he is healthy and ready to act responsibly.
I didn't have the matrix even started when I gave him the warning and told him that as a retired U.S. military officer with an on-going (voluntary) relationship to our Intelligence community, my interest in the rock is more out of public health concerns. That wouldn't always have been my approach to his alleged find. But my family has been involved with UFO-related work back as far as at least 1960, and my son and I have (in 2019) published work about probable primitive life on Mars. My interest in Ebrahimi concerns the possible impact of extraterrestrial life coming to Earth. In particular, what makes a person want to eat potentially fatal food? What makes so many Americans want to risk civil war by following lunatics like Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, etc.? How could so many Americans back Obama's decision to give Iran $151.7 billion to build nuclear weapons and ICBMs that have Death to America and Death to Israel written in English and Hebrew on their sides?
WHAT CAUSED EBRAHIMI TO SEARCH FOR AND FIND THE METEORITES? This is the most interesting and difficult question to answer. Craig is obviously very reluctant to go into details but while he might not agree with me or want it broadcast, I have reason to suspect there is a UFO angle to the story. UFO is at skip -1 on Figure 1 two columns right of EBRAHIMI. Odds against it being at a special case skip somewhere on the 950-letter matrix were about 2.53 to 1, but it only takes 50 letters to show EBRAHIMI with UFO. Odds against a match this close were about 38.36 to 1.
When I tried to get Craig to tell me why he became a certified diver just to reach reach a point about 50 or 60 feet deep to search for the meteorites he struggled. He was worried that I (or others) would think he's crazy. He spoke about instinct, but I wouldn't buy it. I pushed him hard to see if he had any experience with UFOs. He was very uncomfortable with the issue, but when I brought up the question of implants he did say that he had been told (I believe by his doctor) that he might have some crystalized hematite in his brain. In checking on line for this condition I found the following article (among others):
CRISTOBALITE AND HEMATITE PARTICLES IN THE HUMAN BRAIN (By M. Kopani et al., 2016)
Foreign substances get into the internal environment of living bodies and accumulate in various organs. Cristobalite and hematite particles in the glial cells of pons cerebri of human brain with diagnosis of Behhet disease* with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive microanalysis (EDX), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with diffraction were identified. SEM with EDX revealed the matter of irregular micro-sized particles sometimes forming polyhedrons with fibrilar or stratified structure. It was found in some particles Ti, Fe, and Zn. Some particles contained Cu. TEM and electron diffraction showed particles of cristobalite and hematite. The presence of the particles can be a result of environmental effect, disruption of normal metabolism, and transformation of physiologically iron-ferrihydrite into more stable form-hematite. From the size of particles can be draw n the long-term accumulation of elements in glial cells.
*Note: Behhet disease can affect the brain. Inflammation in the brain and nervous system can cause headache, fever, disorientation, poor balance or stroke. People from countries in the Middle East and East Asia, including Turkey, Iran, Japan and China, are more likely to develop Behcet's. EBRAHIMI is of Iranian descent.
The point here (in particular to Fort Huachuca) is that when I asked about implants because I suspected he had one in his brain that played a role in selecting where to dive, he told me that he had hematite in his brain. I had no idea that such a condition existed, but I found plenty about it on line. Hematite (Fe2O3) is found in ores with magnetite (Fe3O4). Magnetite is used by some animals for orientation, navigation and homings by a number of life forms from bacteria, algae, salamanders, robins, mice and possibly even people. However, even if his magnetite can help him to navigate it would not be enough to help him to find the coordinates of the meteorites. That would require communication. What I am suggesting here is that when trying to find a possible implant where an alien abduction is suspected we might start by looking for magnetite, hematite, and possibly nano-hematite. I'm asking DoD to consider making him an offer and then getting the material to a CDC lab to test for any pathogens, unless, of course, their purpose is to cover up what they already know about. I would not want to see Ebrahimi sell the object to a hostile power. One of the tests he has had done indicates that the meteorites are not Martian, but might be lunar based on amounts of the isotope of oxygen with a mass of 17 (8 protons and 9 neutrons). But what of the aspects of the find that look like fossiles (which have not yet been dug out of glassy-looking sections)? On the presumption that the rocks started out on Mars in a warmer time with more water on the surface than we find today, we could understand Martian fossiles. However if the rocks started out on the moon then how might they have picked up fossils? There are not yet any indications that the moon once had oceans. But very early in Earth's history our planet supposedly collided with a world that size of Mars. The result of that collision, once things cooled down, included the newly formed moon which was carved out of the Earth. My son speculated that what Craig found might have started in an ancient Earth ocean before the collision. However that would imply the presence of complex life, multicellular life on Earth at a time that was only about 20 to 100 million years after our planet formed which is much earlier than is commonly believed.
COMBINED STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCES. Three terms were highly statistically significant. They are BRIMSTRONE AND FIRE FROM THE LORD OUT OF HEAVEN; THE SOUL THAT EATS IT SHALL BEAR HIS INIQUITY, and PLAGUE. They are found on the 950-letter matrix against odds of about 3,733,215 to 1. The five remaining terms were found against odds of just about 4.7 to 1, and this were all insignificant. Of these word four were easier to find at an ELS than calling a coin toss correctly. They were MARS, ALIENs, ROCK and MOON. Only UFO was at a special case skip (-1). Odds against it being found at a special case skip (+/- 1 or the absolute skip of the axis term) were about 2.53 to 1.
Data showing Iridium and other Levels.
STATISTICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF FIGURE 3. Figure 3 was sought with two objectives in mind. The first was to see if shifting the focus up and to the left from Figure 1 would reveal any support to the idea of a possible PLAGUE which was hinted at on the bottom line of Figure 1. The second objective was to see if the claims were encoded with a hoax. Here we will look at the Spreadsheet below for Figure 2. The first two terms of interest and the absolute skip of the axis term are SICK and TO CURE. Odds against finding SICK at a special case skip were about 27.38 to 1. Odds against finding TO CURE or CURE at a special case skip were about 50.9 to 1. Odds against both SICK and TO CURE being in 756 letters with EBRAHIMI were about 1,393 to 1. It would be all too easy to cease the analysis here, but it is my duty to report to the intelligence officers who follow my work 24/7 that there is a problem with the matrix if we just look at one side of he story. I looked for HOAX, but did not find it (at a special case skip). But I also looked for LIE, which I did find at a special case skip (that of the axis term) against odds of about 9 to 1. That's not very significant. Actually, by snooping, I found THE (the letter hey) right before LIE, so we really have a 4-letter ELS of THE LIE. If I had sought that originally then I could say that I found it against odds of about 67.69 to 1 which is significant. However, I only noticed that letter hey after seeing the matrix. As such these enhanced odds are bogus.
FIGURE 3 below is based on the same ELS of EBRAHIMI as that seen ion Figure 1, but the focus was shifted up and to the left to support terms related to PLAGUE which was seen on Figure 1. Both SICK and TO CURE are at the absolute skip of EBRAHIMI, but so is THE LIE. THE LIE is above cities being destroyed, so it might just pertain to that, or it might pertain to the entire story. I could NOT find HOAX at a significant skip.
Although LIE is not statistically significant, it should be noted that the closest term it is from Genesis 19:25 which states:
So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.
It is only the previous verse, Genesis 19:25, that had the meteorite or asteroid description:
Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven.
The closest a priori word to EBRAHIMI is TO CURE. If this man helps to cure a disease then it would be a lie to say that cities were destroyed. However, as I push him on things that he said days ago over the phone I am getting clarification on some issues and a change of story on other things that were natural hyperbole which got knocked out with hard questions. No matter how his story changes, the mystery around the meteorites remain, and the Torah Code matrices are significant.
SPREADSHEET FOR FIGURE 3
COMPOSITION OF THE EBRAHIMI METEORITES. I know that there are several parties involved in the chemical analysis of the Ebrahimi meteorites. It may be that I will be forced by them to remove some or all of the data below. But given the nature and habits of my primary readers, at least they will quickly gain access to what is claimed, how reliable I think it is, and information that will help them to determine whether it should be passed on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to be dealt with as a threat to the nation. Craig is willing to sell it to them or the Whyss Institute https://wyss.
It must be understood that if the meteorites were found in typical fashion, and displayed possible biological activity now or in the past, the issues resulting would be related to how to thwart or mitigate possible biological contamination of our planet. However we must be cognizant of panspermia which is the hypothesis (some say theory) that life exists throughout the Universe, distributed by space dust, meteoroids, asteroids, comets, planetoids and also by spacecraft carrying unintended contamination by microorganisms. Distribution may have occurred spanning galaxies, and so may not be restricted to the limited scale of solar systems.
I was interested in Iridium because it's rare on Earth, but must more common in space. A layer of iridium dust marks the boundary down in our soil between what was on the surface when dinosaurs walked the Earth and what was on there after an asteroid or comet wiped them out. Again, as noted earlier in the article by Baker, a sample was sent to a STEHM technologist at the University of xxxxxxxx. She performed her tests in October 2018. and said it showed a higher iridium content. But how high?
On February 7, 2020 she wrote, "Looking through our old data, I notice that several of our spectra show relatively high amounts of iridium. It is interesting to note that this is not consistent over all the surface. Only some of the grains contain iridium." She said that we should look at sample b. spectrum 2b.doc at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ud476i4c1pe5jx2/AABn1w2aGFHe2u54evJCxB5Da?dl=0. Ths is shown as Figure 2 on this article.
Craig wrote me that, “NASA only accepted our samples while after we followed the procedure for meteorites. Iridium analysis was done with the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) analysis.”
For the record, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) is a test process that scans a sample with an electron beam to produce a magnified image for analysis. The method is also known as SEM analysis and SEM microscopy, and is used very effectively in microanalysis and failure analysis of solid inorganic materials. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) is a rapid analytical technique primarily used for phase identification of a crystalline material and can provide information on unit cell dimensions. The analyzed material is finely ground, homogenized, and average bulk composition is determined.
Craig’s answer about Iridium needed some typo editing, but for it looks like he wrote that, ”Iridium analysis was done with the SEM and XRD analysis. Our readings far exceed any earth rock having an average mass fraction of 0.001 ppm in crustal rock; platinum is 10 times more abundant, gold is 40 times more abundant, and silver and mercury are 80 times more abundant. Tellurium is about as abundant as iridium. In contrast to its low abundance in crustal rock, iridium is relatively common in meteorites, with concentrations of 0.5 ppm or more. Figure 2 shows that Iridium is high in parts of the Ebrahimi samples.
THE ROAD AHEAD. There is at least one TV show anxious to make a film about the Ebrahimi meteorites.
In glancing through their proposal I see that they wrote, "We need to get a cat scan of it first and then we can stereotactically under fluoroscopy make a small drill hole, utilizing a Midas REX High Speed Neuro drill, into the meteorite where the being is. We then can extract some particles we can run the DNA test on and any additional test. The procedure should be quite easy with the right tools. I would like to also film the procedure as well and document it." Apparently, like me, he has some experience with TV shows. Often they distort the truth. I mentioned that there was an interview about trying to extract potential animal DNA from one of the specimens but when it hit TV they warped his words to have him say something like there is human DNA in it.
There are some powerful men who are trying to buy the meteorites. For some reason Craig seems to want me to have some say into who gets them, even though I'm still investigating how legitimate they are.
Two key words were found to link Figure 3 to a plague shown on Figure 1. But before them let me quote Ebrahimi's e-mail to me when he first saw Figure 1, and my response to him:
On February 2, 2020 at 3:59 PM Craig wrote:
Thank you Barry for your insight!
Did you ever think I could be a walking talking prophet that holds the medicine that will solve world diseases? And Extend human longevity?
My response to him was as follows:
So, when we elevate the talk from whether the rocks are meteorites to whether the objects had in part a biological origin, indeed "embryos," then it becomes important to see amino acids which could be found with X-Ray Diffraction Tests. I'd be surprised to see DNA or RNA survive intact. In the short term, we need to have proper testing done to at least confirm the presence of amino acids before any talk of embryos will be taken as realistic. I've pushed Craig on this issue hard and the last I heard on February 12, 2020 was that, "I explained we have a scientist in France named at xxxxxxxt that ran some lab who was scheduled to extract with correlation with Dr Aaron xxxxx until we had some interference some how when the process was taking place in sometime in July 2019 .... the Amino acids were going to be cross-examined with a data base of the Orgueil meteorite. I am not giving you any more data. " Craig is a moody guy, so he may change his mind. But I feel that there should be some official Canadian Government involvement in what he's up to unless they aren't trustworthy (sorry, but I generally don't follow Canadian politics).
We have mentioned the security issue, especially with respect to learning if there are any pathogens in the finds. Craig was anxious for me to fly out to Victoria to see the rocks with my own eyes. I haven't decided to do so yet, but if he's right about life forms in it then the questions about how he knew to look for them and where to find them become all the more important. He may get rich from the find, but it may be that negative information can just as easily be transmitted into human brains as positional information found its way into his brain. If the rocks really are meteorites (which is what the testing indicates), and if there is an implant in Craig (which he needs to be tested for) then this puts survival of the human race into unknown (possibly) alien hands. Craig is in Canada, and most of my friends reading this are DoD (though the U.K. MoD is always here). It's likely that the Canadians have a liaison officer on their staff. If so, this person should be made cognizant of the safety issues involved, and also hopefully look out for ensuring Craig's rights as well as the rights and those of any scientists involved. However, the scientist that I spoke to is willing to talk to either a Canadian officer or an American offiicer, as long as she is introduced to them by Craig (or, I presume, myself).
As for me flying out to inspect the meteorites while I do wonder about how safe it is to get close to them, at this time (February 16, 2020) I'm more concerned about how risky it will be in the near future to be in the confined space of an airliner or at the Seattle airport as the Wuhan coronavirus spreads without us yet having a vaccine to fight or prevent it. The Wuvan virus threat is also encoded and discussed on this site.
Where did the meteorites come from? We don't yet know if there is anything in them derived from life, but if there is then they might have been knocked off the Earth when an asteroid or comet hit the Earth, only to fall when they passed close to Earth on a future orbit. They could have come from one of the moons of Jupiter or beyond. If there is no material formed from life, then our moon is a possibility.
THE ORGUEIL METEORITE. Earlier I quoted Craig as writing, "the Amino acids were going to be cross-examined with a data base of the Orgueil meteorite." In pointing to it we see that we must be very cautious before proclaiming that there is life on Craig's rocks.
Orgueil (shown on Figure 4 below) is a scientifically important 14 kg, 31 lb carbonaceous chondrite meteorite that fell in southwestern France on May 14, 1864. About 20 stones fell over an area of 5-10 square kilometers. A specimen of the meteorite was analyzed that same year by François Stanislaus Clöez, professor of chemistry at the Musée d'Histoire Naturelle, who focused on the organic matter found in this meteorite. He wrote that it contained carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, and its composition was very similar to peat from the Somme valley or to the lignite of Ringkohl near Kassel. An intense scientific discussion ensued. There was a high concentration of isotopically anomalous xenon called "xenon-HL". The carrier of this gas is extremely fine-grained diamond dust that is older than the solar system itself, known as presolar grains. Craig claims that his rocks also have diamond dust.
In 1962, Nagy et al. announced the discovery of 'organized elements' embedded in the Orgueil meteorite that were purportedly biological structures of extraterrestrial origin. These elements were subsequently shown to be either pollen (including that of ragwort) and fungal spores (Fitch & Anders, 1963) that had contaminated the sample, or crystals of the mineral olivine.
In 1I965, a fragment of the Orgueil meteorite, kept in a sealed glass jar in Montauban since its discovery, was found to have a seed capsule embedded in it, whilst the original glassy layer on the outside remained apparently undisturbed. Despite great initial excitement, the seed capsule was shown to be that of a European rush, glued into the fragment and camouflaged using coal dust. The outer "fusion layer" was in fact glue. Whilst the perpetrator is unknown, it is thought that the hoax was aimed at influencing 19th century debate on spontaneous generation by demonstrating the transformation of inorganic to biological matter.
Claim of fossils
In the Journal of Cosmology § Hoover paper controversy Richard B. Hoover of NASA has claimed that the Orgueil meteorite contains fossils, some of which are similar to known terrestrial species. Hoover has previously claimed the existence of fossils in the Murchison meteorite. However, NASA has formally distanced itself from Hoover's claims. They use lack of peer reviews as a reason, but when it comes to any claim of extraterrestrial life I have been informed that the official policy (especially with Mars) is precede with no more than "baby steps."
FIGURE 4 - The Orgueil Meteorite.