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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.

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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I have always heard that they are extremely intelligent.

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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.

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If so than octo dieters would be smarter

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El Wu

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Just wait a little more, earthlings.
Great Cthulhu will rise from his dungeons deep,
Earth to conquer,
Again!

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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

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There are quite a few animal species that probably have never been studied or checked their DNA. Still scientists know very little.

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Alexis Greegs

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I’ve been trying to tell everyone !!

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Should we be eating them ?

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We know very little about other beings that live with us.

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They may be aliens,but they aren’t that smart,

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I bet there DNA is like nothing from this planet

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Melissa Anne Bruce Ben Bruce

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lol

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No but they are one of the few intelligent species that humans share the planet with.

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That’s human ignorance…. Why humans think, that no species is smarter than us?

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Intelligence is there in many different forms… Not only the using of math…

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When an octopus does integral calculus, get back to me..

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sorry to disappoint u guys but im an alien eater

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are you smarter from eating smart food?

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Octopuses and their relatives have been around for over twice as long as dinosaurs and are still here.

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Yeah , I think shark species are the oldest , older than Trees ..

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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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Octapuses are just smarter than Most people thats all

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Lol . You serious .. Dolphins are extremely Intelligent .. Every Animal on this Planet has Intelligence .. The Dummies are the Ones watching T.V ..

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How come they live in the sea,no tv,no shops,nothing but fish,no not very intelligent,

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No they don’t

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That’s probably what it thinks about humans.

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We are all aliens as 22 DNA donors gen codes from the stars, shaped the human race.. Why else play such a sick joke but to bring the culture of space to one place…

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Sounds plausible

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