I have long argued among friends (and only half-jokingly) that the octopus is an alien creature. An alien trapped on earth and slowly evolving into a creature of earth.
To my great surprise, this article appeared in the Irish Examiner, Don't freak out, but scientists think octopuses 'might be aliens' after DNA study.
This article is a follow-up to research published in the journal Nature titled, The octopus genome and the evolution of cephalopod neural and morphological novelties.
A few key points from the research:
- The octopus has more protein-coded genes than humans
- The octopus genome is smaller than a human's but has more genes
- Thre are 12 different tissues revealing hundreds of octopus-specific genes found in no other animal
I think it is clear I was correct. The octopus is an alien.