[meteorite-list] An embarrassment to us all (but mostly me)!Hi

From: Starsinthedirt at aol.com <Starsinthedirt_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2010 13:18:03 EDT
Message-ID: <be3ad.55b0495b.38eb754b_at_aol.com>

Hi list. Some of you have pointed out the eBay seller claiming to have
human blood vessels in Martian meteorites. Cute and harmless nut?

I just stumbled onto this!


A housefly found in a meteorite
March 30, 2010 | Taiwan | Vetting explained

This "report" is not he first time this guy has used my images and my name
to make insane claims. But this is the first time he has said that
microphotographer (Tom Phillips), (Me), said he found a house fly in a meteorite
slice. This is embarrassing to all meteorite collectors.

It is just a photomicrograph of a house fly to demonstrate a
microphotography technique. This is explained clearly in the Meteorite Times article
he swiped the image from. Stating otherwise could not be an honest error.
He has made up words and said I was the author of those words.

This guy should be banned from posting, all his posts should be removed,
and if possible his computer taken away and given to a child who knows how to
 use it.

Any ideas of how to stop this insanity would be appreciated.

My micrographs are already unconventional. I pursue more art than science
and I ignore standard techniques used in meteorite examination. The most
obvious difference in my images is magnification levels higher than what is
even useful in petro grade determinations. As a result, I have come up
with some unusual looking features in meteorites. When you come up with the
unusual you have a high standard of accuracy to maintain or every thing is

I did not find a house fly in a meteorite slice!!! The house fly was a
house fly slide. Part of a child's "Insects under the microscope" set.

Why are his eBay listings claiming human body parts in Martian meteorites
(very high priced) still allowed on eBay??? Does the IMCA have no
influence with eBay?

Thanks, Tom Phillips
Received on Mon 05 Apr 2010 01:18:03 PM PDT

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