It was found that the genome of the cephalopod mollusk, according to the Huffington Post, is quite complex. Over 33,000 protein-coding genomes were discovered during recent research. In comparison, humans have approximate 20,000. Although the information is intriguing and will lead to further research, the findings have created more questions than answers.
Dr. Clifton Ragsdale of the University of Chicago, according to Metro U.K., describes the findings more alien than Earthbound.
“The octopus appears to be utterly different from all other animals, even other mollusks, with its eight prehensile arms, its large brain and its clever problem-solving abilities.”
He continued to build off of Martin Wells, a zoologist, claiming that octopuses are aliens, in all sense of the word.
“The late British Zoologist, Martin Wells, grandson of H.G. Wells, said the octopus is an alien. In this sense, then, our paper describes the first sequenced genome from an alien.”
The mystery surrounding octopuses and their existence on Earth is now more complicated than ever before. Adding to the unique genome sequencing that removes it from the evolutionary connection between so many other of the planet’s life. Octopuses have the ability to camouflage their skin, the use of jet propulsion to move through the water, eight tentacles that are suction lined and capable of intricate manipulation of objects, and most oddly, the ability to regenerate limbs that may have been devoured by other animals.
Of course, there are plenty of cynical scientific critics that say that the study has been misinterpreted and that the scientists involved with the research were really just using a clever metaphor to highlight the unique complexity of the octopus genome. It seems that the biggest problem with these critics is that they are saying that people now believe octopuses are from other planets.
No, the scientists are saying they are alien in a sense that they are possible second genesis creatures—we perceive them as merely sea creatures, but there are some who perceive them as being more alien in nature.
Could it be that aliens share a lot of their traits with mollusks? Could there be alien beings that are similar to the Wookie in Star Wars, whose shape can be compared to a monkey, and its loyalty to that of a dog? How about feline- looking aliens? In the Bible, there are tales of the “Lion Men” in the Book of 2 Samuel.