One day long ago, a meteor streaked through the sky over central Yukon, coming to rest in a creek bed about 50 km outside the town of Mayo. Made mostly of nickel and iron, with a distinctive vein of troilite, it lay there undisturbed until the summer of 1986, when it turned up in the sluice box of Daniel Sabo, a miner who worked the creek for precious metals.
At the conclusion of an epic court battle that featured dramatic claims about a devious geologist, extraterrestrial life, government conspiracy and the black market in space rocks, the Geological Survey of Canada has been ordered to pay Mr. Sabo $1,000 for failing to return a piece it cut off his meteorite for testing — the very piece Mr. Sabo believes contained living organisms.
As the Court of Appeal for Yukon put it in their new ruling, “There is no dispute that…
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