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The Times Daily reported that a man in Town Creek, Alabama, found a meteorite in his front yard. Robert Earls said that he’s seen a lot of rocks and stones in his 81 years, but believed a silicon-looking crystalized rock to be a meteorite. UT earth and planetary sciences professor Harry McSween has been studying meteorites for 40 years, and that the odds are against Earls” object being a meteorite.

“I get about one person a month calling me telling me they have found a meteorite,” McSween said. “In 40 years, two have been meteorites, others have been meteor wrongs.”

McSween advised Earls to contact a local college science department to have the rock examined.