2.8-Billion-Year-Old Spheres Found in South Africa

2.8-Billion-Year-Old Spheres Found in South Africa: How Were They Made?

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Featured image: Top left, bottom right: Spheres, known as Klerksdorp spheres, found in the pyrophyllite (wonderstone) deposits near Ottosdal, South Africa. (Robert Huggett) Top right, bottom left: Objects known as Moqui marbles from the Navajo Sandstone of southeast Utah. (Paul Heinrich)

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I'd be interested to know the exact nature of the contents of these objects. Saying that it is of a fibrous nature doesn't go deep enough. What *kind* of fibrous are we talking about? Maybe the kind of fruiting body that releases spores of some kind? Or something like a papaya. containing seeds? Are they a deliberate seeding attempt by some long-extinct race from "out there" which relied upon the cases breaking when they struck solid ground? I seem to recall reading somewhere that Transvaal was once at the bottom of a shallow sea. Could these have survived the inbound journey by striking that water and simply sinking, to become encased in countless layers of sediment?

Without specific information on what constitutes the insides of the objects, all we interested amateurs can do is speculate. Fun, but far from conclusive.

Quite likely they belong toOur President, Barack Hussein Obama

It's a pity that the description says, "Top left, bottom right: Spheres..." when they are visibly two photos of the the same one. One could easily, accidentally, and (in all probability) incorrectly assume that all the spheres have that triple banding; but perhaps there was ever only one such. That, unfortunately makes me think that a particularly unusual and artificial-looking example has been chosen to convey an impression that would not be supported by a random sample.

They look like these only smaller - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moeraki_Boulders

There are some like this in New Zealand. When I was living there, von Daniken (in one of his more especially bizarre moments) described them as the waste products of flying saucers. The image of their production has amused me in occasional quiet moments ever since.

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