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What would a real alien actually look like ?

Posted on Wednesday, 1 November, 2017 | Comment icon 122 comments

Would aliens actually look like this ? Image Credit: Alpharetta Department of Public Safety / Facebook
Scientists believe that extraterrestrial life is likely to have a lot in common with life on Earth.
"A fundamental task for astrobiologists is thinking about what extraterrestrial life might be like," said Sam Levin, a researcher at Oxford University's Department of Zoology.

"We only have one example of life - life on Earth - to extrapolate from. Past approaches in the field of astrobiology have been largely mechanistic, taking what we see on Earth, and what we know about chemistry, geology, and physics to make predictions about aliens."

While coming up with a specific appearance for any given alien life form is pretty much impossible, what scientists can do is identify certain traits that are likely to be common to all forms of life.

"Like humans, we predict that they are made-up of a hierarchy of entities, which all cooperate to produce an alien," said Levin. "At each level of the organism there will be mechanisms in place to eliminate conflict, maintain cooperation, and keep the organism functioning."

Ultimately however, only the discovery of actual alien life is ever going to provide a complete answer.

"There are potentially hundreds of thousands of habitable planets in our galaxy alone," said Levin.

"We can't say whether or not we're alone on Earth, but we have taken a small step forward in answering, if we're not alone, what our neighbours are like."

Source: Independent | Comments (122)

Tags: Alien, Extraterrestrial

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #113 Posted by Erno86 on 26 January, 2018, 21:13
Can any of you guys kinda fathom...about how much training the Calvert Cliffs ET alien probably had to go thru, just to qualify to be on a Earth bound mission? Be it possibly...a: scientist, writer, scholar, fighter, artist --- and a overall good chap? "Sky Pilot" - Eric Burdon & The Animals - Long version
Comment icon #114 Posted by psyche101 on 30 January, 2018, 6:50
Then they get here and Thor, self proclaimed protector of the earth blows their heads of with his brain gun. Sucks to be an alien.
Comment icon #115 Posted by Erno86 on 2 February, 2018, 17:42
Besides the space alien hiding behind the fossil rock in the above link...there are various geoglyph and monolith carvings that are also recorded in the picture. Notice the 4 giant dirt stone monoliths in the photograph. Just above the center monolith, are geoglyphs that use lighter type of soil on darker soil. Notice the humanoid shape of a gray alien. About 3 feet above head, is a geoglyph carving of a saucer shape, with 3 tripod legs, jutting out from the bottom --- Just above a 3d carving of a flying saucer --- and above that (though you can't quite see it from the sun reflection... [More]
Comment icon #116 Posted by stereologist on 2 February, 2018, 19:45
You think Calvert Cliffs is an alien star base? Please tell me why.
Comment icon #117 Posted by Erno86 on 2 February, 2018, 20:55
Calvert Cliffs Sate Park has such a diverse ecosystem, that would attract any ET alien species interested in researching there. Not to mention the close proximity to Washington D.C., Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Patuxent Naval Air Test Station, and enough wilderness area to land a foo fighter and hide-out in possible huge cave systems without being discovered.
Comment icon #118 Posted by stereologist on 6 February, 2018, 15:14
Calvert Cliffs is a tiny park with limited cover to hide anything. There are far better places close to DC such as the areas close to Front Royal Virginia. PAX River has a very clear view of the sea shore along Calvert Cliffs making it a poor choice. Boat traffic along the waterway and the large marina at Solomon's Island makes this a terrible choice. There is no wilderness to speak of. There are no caves. There are no caves at all in this area. Maybe you should visit this area and learn what it looks like. LOL
Comment icon #119 Posted by Dejarma on 6 February, 2018, 15:46
why is it obvious?
Comment icon #120 Posted by jmccr8 on 6 February, 2018, 19:52
Where is the documentation from the scientific community? jmccr8
Comment icon #121 Posted by Essan on 6 February, 2018, 20:07
Were I an alien I would have a base in an isolated location - somewhere like the South Sandwich Islands - and be monitoring the main centres of Earthling civilisation, like Calcutta and Shanghai. North America wouldn't be on my list ....
Comment icon #122 Posted by rhysinspire on 9 February, 2018, 15:03
Depends on what you mean by REAL ALIEN means. Intelligent life OR the creatures of the planet'slocal ecosystem? Intelligent life requires effective motor systemsort of hands and legs to travel and build a civilization like hammering, making tools etc. If it is a sea planet, then these creatures would have effective tentacles to control the environment around themrather thantypical hands and legs (example: squid like aliens from The Arrival movie)Regardless its reptilian aliens, or mammals they need hands and legs or calamari tentacles (ironically I'm eating calamari now) If they live in a... [More]

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