Scientists Found Oil on Mars. Or Truffles.

Scientists Found Oil on Mars. Or Truffles.

by David Axe, Daily Beast

Two astrobiologists say they’ve found “thiophenes” in dried-up mud on Mars. The presence of these organic compounds on the Red Planet could be a sign of life—or something else.

A pair of American and German astrobiologists has found oil on Mars. And where there’s oil, there’s usually life.

Technically speaking, Dirk Schulze‑Makuch and Jacob Heinz didn’t find oil. Rather, they found organic compounds called “thiophenes” that are also present in crude oil, coal, and truffles.

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