left, four old photographs of young Black men; right top, round black rock; right bottom, stick drawing of a chemical

This Mars meteorite contains a toxin that makes pigs (and humans, too) vomit

Detection of a toxin that makes humans and pigs vomit could solve the lingering 100-year-old mystery surrounding the pristine Martian meteorite nicknamed “Lafayette”.

Lafayette was blown from the surface of March millions of years ago and eventually found its way to Purdue University in Indiana. In 1931 the unusual smooth black stone was identified as a virgin stone meteorite. Yet how Purdue University came to possess the stone and who delivered it to the university has been unknown for 90 years. Now scientists analyzing the meteorite say a strange compound in it could be the clue cracking the casing.

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