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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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  3. I have always said that an octopus has no genetic connection to anything on this planet. It like most organisms were introduced to this planet during the early bombardment

  4. If they really were so highly “evolved” they would have opposable thumbs by now and more genes DOES NOT equal more evolved, it equals less evolved. The article is misleading. For example frogs have more genes than humans but frogs are still just frogs. The reason they have more genes (and this is the same for ANY species that lays eggs) is the genes tell it what to do to cope with certain conditions so lets say while still in it’s egg the temperature rises or drops there is a gene that tells it “If the temp is below -4 release this enzymes to stop freezing” or “If the temp is above 10 release this enzymes to stop dehydration” all to stop it from freezing or drying out.

    Maybe they are smart but it is nothing to do with those extra genes, young mammals on the other hand gestate inside the mothers body which is a constant enviroment so the extra gemome that article talks about are only a product of not evolving. A good simile is this, human DNA (bake at 98F for 9 months) is basically just a streamlined recipe to make another human whereas octopus/frog DNA (any animal that uses eggs for reproduction really) is instructions on how to work every appliances in the kitchen, and all instructions only come in Chinese

    • I read a book recently (granted, it was a fiction novel, but very well researched with regard to its scientific content) where in a certain environment they developed independently of the world above. There were a few liberties taken, but quite rightly, they were the apex predator of their environment. They are extremely smart creatures and due to their physiology, very adaptable and hardy too. (It almost takes a science degree to write a fiction novel these days…..). If we keep going the way we are and they survive our decimation, I’d bet my money on them being next in line…..

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