When you look around the planet, there’s literally no way you can’t look at some of the animals that populate it and think that some of them are beyond weird in how they look, act and behave – they’re just freaks.
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Personally I’ve never thought that this has meant that they might have come from an alien planet, but if there was one common animal that I thought might fit this description then it would probably be an octopus. Admittedly that’s mainly because of the face huggers in the Alien movies, but they’re still completely bizarre lifeforms and it is well known that they’re also highly intelligent as well.
It turns out though that some top scientists reckon that they might actually be from another planet and maybe even another universe according to a recent study. The news comes courtesy of a report entitled Cause of Cambrian Explosion – Terrestrial or Cosmic? that was co-authored by a group of 33 scientists and subsequently published in the Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology journal.
In the report, the scientists claim the following:
The genome of the Octopus shows a staggering level of complexity with 33,000 protein-coding genes more than is present in Homo sapiens.
Its large brain and sophisticated nervous system, camera-like eyes, flexible bodies, instantaneous camouflage via the ability to switch colour and shape are just a few of the striking features that appear suddenly on the evolutionary scene.
The transformative genes leading from the consensus ancestral Nautilus to the common Cuttlefish to Squid to the common are not easily to be found in any pre-existing life form – it is plausible then to suggest they seem to be borrowed from a far distant “future” in terms of terrestrial evolution, or more realistically from the cosmos at large.
One plausible explanation, in our view, is that the new genes are likely new extraterrestrial imports to Earth – most plausibly as an already coherent group of functioning genes within (say) cryopreserved and matrix protected fertilized Octopus eggs.
Thus the possibility that cryopreserved Squid and/or Octopus eggs, arrived in icy bolides several hundred million years ago should not be discounted as that would be a parsimonious cosmic explanation for the Octopus’ sudden emergence on Earth circa 270 million years ago.
OK, I’ll level with you that I don’t really know what a lot of those words meant, but I think what they’re trying to say is that they think that the octopus originated from some eggs blasted from somewhere in space to our planet, and they’re proposing this because octopuses rapidly evolved into a large species on the planet about 270 million years ago. There’s not really that much evidence for this theory other than the evolution thing, but hey these guys are big shot scientists and are suggesting this so I’m not going to pooh pooh all over their ideas. Just would be great if they could get some proof of this over to us at some point.
Think about the octopuses for a sec too – if they really are highly evolved lifeforms then they must be super bummed out that they got sent to our planet and now just float around the sea routinely getting eaten by dumb humans. Imagine if you travelled all the way through the cosmos to end up here and that was what you got – they must be so annoyed. Stick with what you know I guess.
For more of the same, check out this octopus sneaking up on a seagull and drowning it. Ouch.