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
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!