It all began, old Ammi said, with the meteorite.
A meteor fell in 1849, and scientists now find in it "organic molecules not previously seen in any meteorites". They include "novel and complex molecules of definite prebiotic interest".
Lovecraft fans shiver, immediately thinking of "The Colour Out of Space", one of HPL's best stories about a meteor falling on a remote farm, and the subsequent horrors.
Infocult readers will also find much to brood upon in the article's sobering conclusion:
The discovery adds to the catalog of organic compounds produced in extraterrestrial environments, and provides evidence to the discussion of whether or not their arrival to the early Earth by comets and meteorites aided the molecular evolution that heralded the origins of life.