Even in an oceanic environment filled with mysterious creatures, the octopus stands out. And while these eight-legged beasts are not the prettiest species in the sea, they are truly special creatures. It's all about what they can do rather than what they look like. because of their special skills, octopuses may have origins that are quite literally out of this world.
An octopus's secret
Yep, octopuses are amazing. They have huge brains, jelloid forms that can fit through tiny openings, and complex nervous systems. Did we mention they’re also masters of camouflage? They're highly skilled at hiding in plain sight from predators. They practically have it all! And according to one group of researchers, they're too incredible to have just evolved in the sea.
Sea creatures or extraterrestrials?
These experts claimed to have evidence that octopuses are as awesome as they are because they're products of outer space. Yes, really! And in the paper “Cause of Cambrian Explosion — Terrestrial or Cosmic?” they backed up their bizarre theory with some surprising evidence.
"It is plausible"
“It is plausible," the researchers said, "to suggest [octopuses] seem to be borrowed from a far distant ‘future’ in terms of terrestrial evolution, or more realistically from the cosmos at large. Such an extraterrestrial origin as an explanation of emergence, of course, runs counter to the prevailing dominant paradigm.” In other words? Some things about the octopus just don't add up.
Doubting the octopus
To these researchers, something about the octopus evolutionary timeline seemed off. They hadn't taken enough time to transform from a single-celled organism into an incredibly complex mollusk. The experts knew this because of fossilized evidence that tracks the animal’s path to its modern form.