In 1976, a scientist believed his team may have found trace evidence possibly pointing to the existence of Elements 113, 114, or 115 in a meteorite. The scientist supposes these “heavy elements originate from outer space” as the trace evidence of the heavy elements was discovered in a meteorite that fell to Earth in Mexico. I uncovered this article in October 2018.
Evidence of New Element Revealed
(Albuquerque Journal April 08, 1976, by Brian Sullivan AP Science Writer)
New York (AP) – Strong evidence for the existence of an extinct superheavy element in primitive meteorites has been reported by a University of Chicago chemist.
Dr. Edwards Anders told the centennial meeting of the American Chemical Society that his team isolated a tiny fraction of mineral from the Allende meteorite in which decay products of the extinct element were concentrated.
“There is a strong possibility that a superheavy element of atomic number near 114 once existed in primitive meteorites, such as the Allende carbonaceous chondrite,” Anders said.
If this element 114 exists, it would have a lifetime measured in millions of years, but not long enough to have survived in its natural form until now. Hence, the decay products provide the indirect evidence, the footprints of things past.
Anders said that beyond element 110 or so, “one expects strikingly different chemical properties. We will be entering unknown territory.”
The main clue in the Anders work was the discovery in the meteorite 12 years ago of an unusual isotope of the gaseous element xenon, by J.H. Reynolds and Grenville Turner at Berkeley. The properties of the xenon isotope suggested it was produced by the fission process of a heavy element.
The xenon was discovered in a large meteorite, the Alende meteorite, which fell in northern Mexico in 1969. Taking a piece of the meteorite, Anders succeeded in producing highly enriched xenon in a small complex of minerals when the meteorite was dissolved in acid.
The evidence points to element 114, or 113 or 115, as the most likely candidate for the element that produced the xenon, Anders said. These would be under the columns including thallium, lead and bismuth in the periodic table.
“The most straightforward interpretation of the evidence is that one of these three elements was present in the solar nebula 4.5 billion years ago, and condensed on primitive meteorites when temperatures fell below about 400 degrees Fahrenheit,” Anders said. “It decayed subsequently, though it is conceivable that traces have survived to this day.”
This theory of “Heavy Elements (113, 114, 115) originating from space” occurs in 1976.
Bob Lazar (made famous in the late 1980s for claiming he observed Zeta Reticuli alien spaceships and Zeta Reticuli documents while working inside of a mountain at Papoose Lake in the Nevada Test & Training Range) is given credit as being the first person ever in American history, to predict the existence of Element 115, and to voice the theory that “Element 115 originated from space”. Bob Lazar added that Element 115 had something to do with the propulsion of Zeta Reticuli alien spaceships. In 1976, Bob Lazar (Robert Lazar) was more than likely a senior in high school attending Long Island, New York, according to research by the now deceased Dr. Stanton Friedman.