This Mars rock has teeth

Part of the rock outcrop called Cooperstown. Interesting pointed protrusions can be seen. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
Part of the rock outcrop called Cooperstown. Interesting pointed protrusions can be seen in this Mastcam image from sol 440. Click image for larger version. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech

As the Curiosity rover currently inspects a rock outcrop called Cooperstown, this rock seems to be baring its teeth. Some interesting pointed protrusions can be seen near the middle and lower right of the image. Below is a closeup of one of these teeth-like protrusions. Fossilized Martian shark teeth? No, probably not, but they are an intriguing feature for sure.

Close-up view of one of the teeth-like protrusions, from sol 442. Click image for larger version. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
Close-up Mastcam view of one of the teeth-like protrusions, from sol 442. Click image for larger version. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
Close-up Chemcam view of the same protrusion, from sol 442. Click image for larger version. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
Close-up ChemCam view of the same protrusion, from sol 443. Click image for larger version. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech
Paul Scott Anderson is a freelance space writer with a life-long passion for space exploration and astronomy. He currently writes for The Spaceflight Group, AmericaSpace and Examiner.com. His own blog The Meridiani Journal is a chronicle of planetary exploration.
 
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Paul Scott Anderson is a freelance space writer with a life-long passion for space exploration and astronomy. He started his blog The Meridiani Journal in 2005, which is a chronicle of planetary exploration. He also publishes The Exoplanet Report e-paper. In 2011, he started writing about space on a freelance basis, and now also currently write for AmericaSpace and Examiner.com. He has also written for Universe Today and SpaceFlight Insider, has been published in The Mars Quarterly and has done supplementary writing for the well-known iOS app Exoplanet for iPhone and iPad.

1 Comment

  1. Gosh, if I didn’t know better, I’d say it looks like a fossilized fish, with an eye behind and above the mouth (teeth), and even a fin behind that, before the head. Nah…couldn’t be, right?

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