What Do Aliens Look Like? Oxford Astrobiologists Draw a Picture, Based on Darwinian Theories of Evolution





When Charles Darwin laid out his theory of natural selection in 1859, little could he have imagined that, a good 150 years later, this cornerstone of evolutionary theory might help us form a mental picture of what alien life looks like. But that’s precisely how a group of researchers from Oxford University have done: In a research paper called “Darwin’s Aliens,” they’ve applied Darwin’s theory to alien life, positing that aliens–like humans–adapt to their environment, undergo natural selection, and move from simple to complex life forms. And, by the end, they could plausibly look something like a “colony of Ewoks from Star Wars or the Octomite” pictured above.

You can read “Darwin’s Aliens” in the International Journal of Astrobiology. It’s published on the Cambridge Core website.

Would you like to support the mission of Open Culture? Please consider making a donation to our site. It’s hard to rely 100% on ads, and your contributions will help us continue providing the best free cultural and educational materials to learners everywhere.

Also consider following Open Culture on Facebook and Twitter and sharing intelligent media with your friends. Or sign up for our daily email and get a daily dose of Open Culture in your inbox. 

via The Guardian

Related Content:

Carl Sagan Sent Music & Photos Into Space So That Aliens Could Understand Human Civilization (Even After We’re Gone)

Free NASA eBook Theorizes How We Will Communicate with Aliens

The CIA Puts Hundreds of Declassified Documents About UFO Sightings Online, Plus 10 Tips for Investigating Flying Saucers

Carl Jung’s Fascinating 1957 Letter on UFOs


by | Permalink | Comments (1) |

Support Open Culture

We’re hoping to rely on our loyal readers rather than erratic ads. To support Open Culture’s continued operation, please consider making a donation. We thank you!






Comments (1)
You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.
  • Patricia says:

    They are so advance in everything in life. They can do anything. Yes! They believe in God! Aliens are not stupid. They don’t think u will understand them . They look like us. They are kind. Friendly. Open your mind. Stop saying stupid stuff. They are human.They have heart’s.pretty people and very unusual name’s.Alien’s are like us and have family’s.Soon they will come and show us all how too live the right way. In Pease. To live and learn. They visit. Alien’s are good people.

Leave a Reply

Quantcast
Open Culture was founded by Dan Colman.