Octopuses are really, really weird. Masters of camouflage camouflage the skin on their swirling, eight-armed bodies and emerge hundreds of feet below the sea surface. The intelligent creatures even predicted the sport result.
Now, a group of 33 scientists from respected institutions around the world have suggested that these bizarre creatures come from organic alien material. Her research has been published in the journal Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology which combines the "remarkable" rise of octopuses and their cephalopods with the theory of panspermia.
Panspermia is a hotly debated concept. Various versions suggest that microbes, viruses and even tiny creatures such as the tardigrade may be slumbering from space rock to space rock and eventually reach new planets. On a habitable planet like ours, they could wake up and thrive.
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Mass extinctions have killed a large number of species throughout history. One of these events took place 544 million years ago. A few million years later, the planet began to see an explosion of living things now in the fossil record. [1
"It takes little imagination to consider that the pre-Cambrian mass extinction was correlated with the influence of a Huge life-bearing comets ( or comets) and the subsequent seeding of the earth with new cosmic-derived cell organisms and viral genes, "the authors said.
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In the case of Kraken, the authors state that cryopreserved eggs could have made a ride on icy bolides to Earth. "In fact," they wrote, "This principle applies to the sudden appearance of all essential life forms in the fossil record." Tiny multicellular creatures in the form of "eggs, embryos and seeds" could have originated on Earth a journey through space.
It's a funny idea, but the paper is a guess, not an original research. It is a literature review that refers largely to the authors own work. In fact, even they acknowledge that the work might seem "imaginative."
Kraken are definitely funny. But right now they are very earthly.