Living with extraterrestrials: Scientists suggest octopuses may be aliens in new research paper
A startling new study suggests that octopuses and squids may have travelled to earth from an alien planet.
When someone tells you that there are aliens living amongst us, it is usually a safe bet to assume that they are either raving mad or a conspiracy theorist; which at the end of the day boils down to the same thing. But when a group of noted scientists makes the same claim, then it's something worth taking interest in.
According to the New York Post, a paper which was published in 'Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology' suggests that cephalopods, the family of marine creatures including squid and octopuses, may have originated somewhere other than Earth. It does not, however, suggest that there are Lovecraftian alien squid monsters preparing to invade the planet.
Evolution on Earth has occurred due to extraterrestrial retroviruses— WWN Europe (@WorldWideNewsEU) May 19, 2018
#incredible #stunning #news #World #Europe
The octopus "found" the alien DNA.
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The purpose of the paper was to attempt to tackle the question of how life originated here on Earth. The researchers evaluated a number of proposed scenarios and discussed their implications on life on the planet as we know it.
Octopuses and squids are fascinating creatures with a highly complex nervous system and a very intelligent brain.
Octopuses came from space? Seems like a stretch (Oh, let the bad puns begin)— Tavian Royal (@TavianRoyal) May 18, 2018
"Octopus Descended from Alien Organisms Delivered to Earth by Comets" #space #feedly https://t.co/H8kagbeQkF pic.twitter.com/oVGJBh6pV9
“Evidence of the role of extraterrestrial viruses in affecting terrestrial evolution has recently been plausibly implied in the gene and transcriptome sequencing of Cephalopods,” the researchers write. “The genome of the Octopus shows a staggering level of complexity with 33,000 protein-coding genes more than is present in Homo sapiens.”
Actual real scientists suggest that the octopus 🐙 is really an alien which hitched a ride on a frozen comet. https://t.co/7mbrj7mRnG #Aliens #nature #octopus #evolution #EndangeredSpeciesDay pic.twitter.com/EmwAKmpi67— Macs from Sensorama (@atsensorama) May 18, 2018
The scientists question the belief that modern cephalopods evolved to their present form here on Earth. The alternate model that they propose is the possibility that those we see today are the descendants of creatures that arrived on Earth frozen in an icy comet as eggs and hatched here.
“Its large brain and sophisticated nervous system, camera-like eyes, flexible bodies, instantaneous camouflage via the ability to switch color and shape are just a few of the striking features that appear suddenly on the evolutionary scene,” the paper says. It also proposes that the evolutionary data suggests that cephalopods do not have their oldest ancestors on the planet.
Why? Because, #aliens!— JD Stanley - Writer (@jdstanleywrites) May 17, 2018
And no, don't take this "paper" seriously - it's nonsense. Though would make a great #scifi novel...
Bizarre New Study Suggests Octopuses Came From Outer Space https://t.co/lBswPM7SBe#zoology #Cephalopods #Octopus #science #WeirdScience pic.twitter.com/WuQPrPFOQC
The research points to the possibility that this “great leap forward” in complexity was due to “cryopreserved squid and/or octopus eggs” piggy-backing on comets and crashing into the ocean millions of years ago. Despite how far-fetched that sounds, theories that life came to Earth from elsewhere have been around for quite a while.
Now that’s my kind of #news story... on a day entirely dominated by Royal nonsense... I shall mostly be enjoying stuff like this! Let’s discuss Twitter... I’ll start... “Yes, I believe the Octopus is Alien in origin”. Go... https://t.co/5n2tNvsRUE— ⭕️ Pete Trainor (@petetrainor) May 19, 2018
Scientists have already conducted studies on the possibility of life arriving from outer space before. There is plenty of evidence supporting the idea that biological material from other worlds may have seeded a young Earth and produced everything we see today. While these theories have not been conclusively proved, they do paint a rather interesting picture.