The very first known alien protein has been found inside a meteorite that’s called Acfer 086 that hit Algeria 30 years ago.
It’s been reported that this hemolithin protein includes lithium and iron, and this fueled the theories that life could really exist out there.
Also, meteorites that contain hemolithin could play a part in seeding life on habitable planets such as our Earth by delivering proteins to the surfaces.
It’s also worth noting that hemolithin is a really small protein composed mainly of the amino acid glycine with caps of iron, lithium, and also oxygen.
The first time such a configuration is seen on Earth
These elements are all familiar to experts, but this is the very first time that such a configuration has been seen here on Earth.
The molecule’s presence doesn’t necessarily indicate life, but the truth is that hemolithin might have played a role.
According to Express, the iron tips at the ends of the hemolithin molecules are using light to split water into hydrogen and oxygen as well.
Also, it’s been revealed that the author of the paper, Julie McGeoch of the PLEX Corporation, stated the following: ”It is a good candidate molecule to split water.”
She continued and explained that this could consequently “represent a first energy source to chemistry, going on to biochemistry on the surface of planets like Earth in terms of their mass and distance from their sun. This could apply to planets throughout the Universe.”
The hemolithin in Acfer 086 could have formed 4.6 billion years ago
It’s also interesting to note the fact that hemolithin has a similar structure to the proteins on Earth, but the ratio of hydrogen to isotope deuterium did not match anything found on Earth.
On the other hand, the ratio resembles the composition of comets from the Oort cloud – this is a sphere of icy planetesimals around the solar system.
Experts are convinced that this suggests the hemolithin in Acfer 086 may have formed in the proto-solar disk, and this happened about 4.6 billion years ago.