Octopuses could be aliens?

Published: 17 May 2018

An Octopus thinking about building a spaceship to get home.

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An Octopus thinking about building a spaceship to get home.
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Could the humble octopus be the ancestor of aliens? One recent scientific article titled ‘Cause of Cambrian Explosion - Terrestrial or Cosmic?’, suggests this could be a possibility.

It sounds crazy, but this is a legit scientific article co-authored by a group of 33 scientists and published in the Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology journal; so just keep that in mind.

The article proposes the scenario that a ‘population of cryopreserved octopus embryos soft-landed en mass from space 275 million years ago’. 

This is a part of sudden explosion of life during the Cambrian era (an event 541 million years ago where the rate of diversification accelerated) which the paper suggests could be due to extra-terrestrial influence.

So why are they doing this? Why can’t they leave the Octopuses alone?

Well, the paper points out that the Octopus genome is quite complex ‘with 33,000 protein-coding genes more than is present in Homo sapiens’, so maybe our cephalopod chums being aliens makes a bit of sense.

So next time you tuck into some chargrilled octopus, you might be eating Marvin the Martian.