The octopus is so highly evolved scientists think it’s an alien

The octopus is so highly evolved scientists think it's an alien 1

Mother Nature was feeling particularly avant-garde when she cooked up the octopus.

As well as a ridiculous number of arms, the ability to camouflage itself and squirt ink to distract predators, the sea creature is phenomenally intelligent – so much so that when kept in captivity they can figure out ways to escape.

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Late zoologist Martin Wells apparently thought that octopuses are so different from other life forms they could be an aliens – and new research has gone part of the way to proving him right.

 

Scientists at the University of Chicago have sequenced the entire 2.7 billion “letters” of the octopus’s genetic code for the first time, and found that its intelligence evolved far earlier than other ‘higher’ animals – some 230 million years before mammals.

“They were the first intelligent beings on the planet”, said Dr Sydney Brenner of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, who also worked on the international project.

1The study, published in Nature, revealed that the octopus genome is slightly smaller than that of humans, but it has about 10,000 more genes that may give the octopus its unique characteristics and abilities. In particular, octopuses have 10 times as many special genes for nerve cell development than other invertebrates and more than twice as many as most mammals.

It is an incredible resource that opens up new questions that could not have been asked before about these remarkable animals.

We’ve found hundreds of novel genes that don’t have counterparts in other animals… In this sense, then, our study describes the first sequenced genome from an alien.

  • Dr Clifton Ragsdale, University of Chicago

 


Source i100.independent.co.uk

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  1. They are clever enough to not get involved in our shit and stay alive for a lot longer than us. “The meak shall inherit the earth” when we wipe each other out on land deep sea creatures will be the only intelligence left on this rock.

  2. If that octopus is an alien that must make me a second only to the highest inter dimensional cosmic being. Unless that octopus was in one of those water bombs that the galatian Alians fired at us.

  3. There’s more animal species on earth and inside earth, that no human eyes will ever see.
    Inside the earth, seas and oceans, and uncharted places on earth.
    Even prehistoric animals of staggering proportions, are still all around the world

  4. I have heard that they are very smart. Why do humans think that we are the top of the line? It’s obvious that there is much in the oceans that is smarter than us, i.e., the octopus and the dolphin for starters. We really don’t know much about our oceans and what we might find there. Humans have some technology, gadgets, and because of those few toys, we feel we are intelligent and advanced. We are not.

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