Are the octopuses from outer space? A study suggests that eggs from cephalopods traveled to Earth on a comet

    Abdulaziz Sobh

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    The octopuses are really strange. Masters of disguise, they camouflage the skin of their agitated, eight-armed bodies and submerge hundreds of feet beneath the surface of the sea. Intelligent creatures have even been known to predict the strange sporting result. Now, a group of 33 scientists from respected institutions around the world has suggested that these strange creatures descend from the organic extraterrestrial material. His research was published in the journal Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, linking the "remarkable" increase in octopuses and their cephalopod cousins with the theory of panspermia. Panspermia is a very debated concept. Several versions suggest that microbes, viruses and even small life forms such as tardigrades could travel from space rock to space rock through collisions, and eventually reach new planets. On a habitable planet like ours, they could wake up and thrive. The mass extinction event has killed a large number of species throughout history. One of these events took place around 544 million years ago. A few million years later, the planet began to see an explosion in the bugs that are now preserved in the fossil record. "Little imagination is needed to consider that the pre-Cambrian mass extinction event (s) correlated with the impact of a giant comet (or comets) that leads life, and the subsequent sowing of the Earth with new cellular organisms of origin Cosmic and viral genes, "the authors wrote. In the case of octopuses, the authors believe that the cryopreserved eggs could have been tied to the Earth in icy racing cars. "In fact," they wrote, "this principle applies to the sudden appearance in the fossil record of all major life forms." Small multicellular creatures in the form of "eggs, embryos, and seeds" could have come to life on Earth after a trip through space. It's a fun idea, but the document is a conjecture, not an original investigation. It is a review of the literature that refers to a large extent to the authors' own works. In fact, even they recognize that the work might seem "fanciful". The octopuses are definitely strange. But for now, they are very terrestrial.