Two ‘alien’ minerals never before seen on Earth are discovered in a 14-ton meteorite that crashed in Somalia two years ago

The meteorite landed outside the town and was first discovered by camel herders who alerted experts. 

The space rock is about twice as dense as a regular Earth rock and is so magnetic – nothing like this has been observed on our planet.

As Herd was analyzing the meteorite to classify it, he saw something that caught his attention. 

He contacted Andrew Locock, head of the U of A’s Electron Microprobe Laboratory, who has been involved in other new mineral descriptions, including Heamanite-(Ce).

‘The very first day he did some analyses, he said, ‘You’ve got at least two new minerals in there,’ says Herd. ‘That was phenomenal. 

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