Is the Octopus an Alien? No.


The California two-spot octopus (Octopus bimaculoides) genome was recently sequenced and analyzed (good job science!).

In response some news media outlets seemed to imply that octopuses are alines. As in from outer space. See here, here and here.

However, despite how cool the octopus is, and how interesting it genome is likely to be, it is not, in fact an alien. Just a really REALLY cool cephlapod.



alien octopusSeriously though, let’s celebrate this cool scientific achievement! And if you want to read more about how the octopus is not an alien, but in fact very much from this planet read about it over at Quarks to Quasers.