Octopuses have always been an unending source of fascination given their odd appearance and amazing intelligence. Now, a team of researchers found a crazy explanation for their skills. They say these creatures might actually have alien origin, and this is why they have such properties. However, other researchers cannot take such a claim seriously, and blame the paper for lacking the necessary evidence to prove this theory.
Do octopuses have alien origin?
There are many strange things about octopuses, but this team of international researchers claims to know why. All the odd properties might be a sign that these creatures actually have alien origin. As an argument, they said the first octopus and squid eggs might have come to Earth several millions of years ago aboard some icy alien bodies.
They called this phenomenon “Panspermia”, and it basically claims that aliens contributed to populating Earth several billions of years ago. They helped from the beginning, as the first creatures to have come from space were the primordial microbes and bacteria. Other creatures that clearly had an alien origin were octopuses, which should explain their intelligence and skills.
Researchers explained why this theory is impossible
Of course, this sounds a bit outrageous. Such claims are extremely powerful, and other scientists rushed to dismiss them. They said the unusual features of the octopuses are not evidence that they have an alien origin. Also, if this claim were true, then the creatures wouldn’t have fit in the cephalopod family.
The paper uses the alien origin theory to explain the Cambrian explosion, a moment in the evolution when a huge number of species came into being. However, researchers who disagree with the paper say there are plenty of explanations for the Cambrian explosion that are a lot easier.
While octopuses are indeed strange, there is no solid evidence that they actually have alien origin. The paper that made this insane claim was published in the journal Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology.
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