Earlier this year, we announced to the world that humans need to prepare for an alien octopus invasion. We know full well that some of you didn’t take us seriously (how dare you!), but now even researchers are on our side.
Scientists have finally sequenced the first genome of an octopus’s DNA and the findings are, well, out of this world. American, Japanese and German researchers, who published the findings in Nature, say the genome turned out to be almost as large as a human’s and contains a greater number of protein-coding genes.
So what does that mean? Well, as neurobiologist Clifton Ragsdale, one of the researchers said to Nature: “It’s the first sequenced genome from something like an alien.”
OK, so apparently he said it jokingly (so as not to create mass panic, we assume), but we think he’s on to something. Watch the video above to find out why.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.