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Octopi from Outer Space

Pyropyro

Magos Biologis
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#1
Mainstream article

Actual paper

Anyways, there's a paper that says that life is seeded via virus and microorganism - containing comets like the old theory of panspermia. They speculate that these viruses and microorganisms forced the evolution of Cambrian life. Case and point is the octopus whose intelligence and complexity is quite impressive.

Unfortunately, that's not that likely. Viruses are quite specific (like say Banana bunchy top virus can mess up bananas but not dogs). So viruses that can "evolve" squids to octopi should come from somewhere with lots of squids (r'lyeh?) and somehow improving intelligence gives advantages to the viruses' reproduction.

so yeah, no cthulhu fhtagn for us :( :cthulhu:
 

KilledCat

Curious INTP trying to satisfy his curiosity
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Such a shame. I wanted alien squids
 

Pyropyro

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redbaron

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i always knew there was a good reason for the natural human attraction to tentacles
 
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