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      Fossils on Mars? Midlands man says he knows

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- A rock sample taken by NASA's Curiosity rover on Mars reveals some interesting findings.

      It shows the planet could have supported living microbes.

      A Winnsboro man says he already knew that about the red planet.

      Sir Charles Shults says, "I'm certain that life existed on Mars in the past."

      He claims he has the picture proof to back up that claim.

      "When you see a picture of an elephant, you know you're looking at an elephant. At some point you have to lower your guard and take the next leap," said Shults.

      With two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, Shults obtained a couple hundred-thousand images from NASA's Mars rovers. He says he first discovered life on the planet in 2004.

      "I found very definite signs of aquatic fossils in many of the images and the chemistry and physics support it," says Shults.

      NASA revealed Tuesday that a rock sample taken by Curiosity found evidence of sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, and carbon. Those are some of the key chemical ingredients for life.

      "A fundamental question for this mission is whether Mars could have supported a habitable environment. From what we know now, the answer is yes," said Michael Meyer, lead scientist for NASA's Mars Exploration Program.

      Shults says it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.

      "Earth and Mars were formed from the same materials in our solar system at the same time. They have nearly identical chemistrys. It shouldn't surprise anyone that the quantities and qualities of the minerals and the chemistry present in those two worlds are the same," said Shults.

      He has a CD called "A Fossil Hunter's Guide to Mars" where you can see for yourself images that he has collected and what he says proves there are ancient fossils on Mars.

      "I can't prove anything to anyone if they don't want to see it. I can't educate everybody unless they choose to learn for themselves. I can only present what my findings are and solid links to the fact of their truths," Shults said.

      He also says we shouldn't bring back samples from Mars due to bacteria that could be introduced to our environment and be potentially hazardous to our food chain.

      Sir Charles Shults is currently pursuing projects in basic physics and the development of an online science education program.

      You can find out more about his research and purchase his CD with more images here.