EIGHT-ARMED ALIENS

Are oc­to­puses ac­tu­ally aliens from outer space that have trav­elled to Earth on me­te­ors? The ob­vi­ous an­swer to that would be ‘no,’ but this is ex­actly what a team of 33 re­searchers are propos­ing. Their paper, pub­lished in the sci­en­tific jour­nal

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Progress in Bio­physics and Molec­u­lar Bi­ol­ogy, ar­gues that the oc­to­pus genome (bi­o­log­i­cal makeup) is too com­pli­cated to have evolved on its own. So, ob­vi­ously, what ac­tu­ally hap­pened is that an alien virus crashed down to Earth on a me­teor, in­fected our prim­i­tive squids and caused them to evolve into oc­to­puses.

Well, there’s no doubt that oc­to­puses are weird. They’re in­cred­i­bly in­tel­li­gent, have bizarrely flex­i­ble bod­ies and the abil­ity to cam­ou­flage them­selves. But are they aliens? Most main­stream sci­en­tists think not, point­ing out that the oc­to­pus genome is un­der­stood to fit with evo­lu­tion­ary the­ory.

It seems these re­searchers may have jumped the shark – sorry, oc­to­pus!

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