Science

The Beatles were right about Octopuses: They are Smart

We would be warm below the storm
In our little hideaway beneath the waves
Resting our head on the sea bed
In an octopus’s garden near a cave

Writer(s): Richard Starkey
Copyright: Startling Music Ltd., Startling Music Ltd. c/o Bruce V. Grakal

Yes, they know where to be during the storm and near a cave at that.

We keep looking to the stars for aliens, but we have some pretty freaky animals on Earth. Take for example the octopus: it looks like an evil mastermind out of someone’s nightmare. But that’s not where its strangeness ends. The genome of the Octopus was broken down by a joint venture from researchers at the University of Chicago and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.

What the two groups found was simply stunning: the octopus actually had 33,000 genes, 10,000 more than humans. This makes it unique among all the known invertebrates. Also, they share a lot of similarities with humans: a closed circulatory system, eyes with an iris, retina, and lens, and also have a large brain which they use to solve problems like opening jars. All these similarities despite not being mammals.

.This is just the begging. More discoveries are incoming as scientists take a closer look at the animal. For more information, look to the journal Nature.

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