“The octopus appears to be utterly different from all other animals, even other molluscs, with its eight prehensile arms, its large brain and its clever problem-solving capabilities,” said co-senior author Clifton Ragsdale, associate professor in Neurobiology and Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago.
However, other researchers were not quick to embrace this theory. "There's no question, early biology is fascinating — but I think this, if anything, is counterproductive," Ken Stedman, a virologist, and professor of biology at Portland State University, told Live Science. "Many of the claims in this paper are beyond speculative, and not even really looking at the literature."
While this new study is exceptionally valuable for thinking about impact of the universe on our planet in new ways, the discoveries “cannot be taken seriously, and there is no evidence for it at all” said Karin Molling, a virologist at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Germany, who echoed this sentiment in a piece of commentary published alongside the new paper.
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