This is not the first time that science has questioned the origin of certain components of matter. A few years ago a nugget was found whose origins date back to extraterrestrial material. This time two scholars of Caltech have signed a research in which they claim that the “Edscottite” is inside the meteorite Weddeburn. Edscottite is now a member of the International Mineralogical Association (Ima).
Space has often released over the millennia the signs of its passage on Earth. The latest discovery concerns the Weddeburn meteorite. Over the years, it has been discovered that in addition to gold and minerals, the meteorite seems to be composed of “Edscottite”. This material, unknown until now, has been extensively described in a research on the American Mineralogist by two American scholars. The story of Edscottite starts in the fifties, when the meteorite Wedderburn was found. After analyzing its contents, it is discovered that the meteorite found is composed of Edscottite, a completely unknown mineral.
“Edscottite (IMA 2018-086a), Fe5C2, is a new iron carbide ore that occurs with low Ni iron content (kamacite), taenite, nickel-phosphide (schreibersite Ni-dominant), and minor coenite in Wedderburn iron meteorite […]”. Resuming the partial definition released in the official abstract of the research, Edscottite is an iron carbide. Its name is a tribute to the Hawaiian scientist Edward Scott, for his research in the field of meteorites.
Not much is known about the origins, beyond the link with Wedderburn. There are several hypotheses that run after each other. The most reliable hypothesis is that the origins can be traced back to extraterrestrial planets.