Meteorites weren't exactly the building blocks of young planets

January 15, 2015 7:06 PM

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"This tells us that meteorites aren’t actually representative of the material that formed planets," said Brandon Johnson.

But new research suggests the contributions of meteorites in forming Earth and its planetary neighbors was minimal. These ancient hunks of rock hurling haphazardly through an infant solar system were more a byproduct than building blocks, researchers at MIT say.

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