So if the extraterrestrials are out there, are they small and cute like E.T.? Or are they remorseless monsters like the aliens in Alien? Do they have thin bodies and big eyes like just about any other extra-terrestrial in just about any other movie?
Or, maybe, do they look like us?
Prof. Simon Conway Morris is a paleontologist at Cambridge University in England. His new book, The Runes of Evolution, argues that the enormous number of Earth-like worlds now being discovered could – and should – give rise to Earth-like creatures.
“Over a number of years I’ve been arguing that evolutionary convergence – the ability for similar, sometimes almost identical structures to evolve independently – is something which is not merely widespread, but is basically ubiquitous,” he says in an interview with Yahoo Canada.
“The classic example being something like the eye of the squid and octopus, which developed separately from the eye of the human. It’s very, very common, and I think its importance isRead More »from What do aliens look like? The answer may be suprisingly familiar