Researchers are still seeking answers to the origin of a small pebble found in south-west Egypt in 1996 after a 2013 analysis sparked “significant questions” on a widely held view about the primitive pre-solar dust cloud from which the Sun, Earth and other planets were formed. A 2013 study conducted by University of Johannesburg (UJ) geochemist Professor Jan Kramers and UJ Department of Geology senior research fellow Dr Georgy Belyanin revealed exotic micromineral compounds in the Hypatia stone that are not known to occur on Earth, in the solar system or in known meteorites or comets.

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