Octopuses Are Even More Amazing Than We Thought

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  • unsure
    unsure

    "Published in the journal Cell, scientists have found that cephalopods are able to edit their RNA, at the expense of evolution in their genomic DNA. In other words, they are able to rapidly change on the cellular level to suit their environment, rather than relying on the slow evolution of DNA to make changes."

    http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/octopuses-are-even-more-amazing-than-we-thought/

    Aaaaand DISCUSS!

  • BluesBrother
    BluesBrother

    I have always been fascinated by Cephalopods after reading and seeing on tv how different they are to other sea creatures. That is why I don't want to eat calamari or octopus.

    The more you learn the more amazing sea life gets....

  • LoveUniHateExams
    LoveUniHateExams

    Octopus and squid are amazing animals.

    It's interesting that this RNA editing apparently happens among soft-bodied Cephalods, the Coleoids (octopus, squid) but not among Nautilus.

    Are Coleoids a more derived taxon than Nautiloids?

  • glenster
  • unsure
    unsure

    Octopuses and all Cephalopods are amazing.

    If you YouTube "octopus jar" you will find videos of octopuses opening jars with threaded lids to escape from them or to get food that is inside.

    I for one, welcome our Cephalopod overlords.

  • nancy drew
    nancy drew

    The beatles were right

  • freemindfade
    freemindfade

    Awesome stuff, love all the new information