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Postby ilan_srinu » Wed Dec 13, 2006 2:45 pm

I was wondering how would someone look like who is living in Mars inhaling Carbon-di-oxide and exhaling Oxygen.
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Postby sachin » Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:26 pm

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Something like this.
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Postby sachin » Wed Dec 13, 2006 4:28 pm

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Something like this. :?: :lol:
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Postby Poison » Wed Dec 13, 2006 7:24 pm

probably a green creature. capable of doing photosynthesis.
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Postby Micky T » Fri Dec 15, 2006 10:55 am

Why do aliens always have to look so much like humans? Really, what are the chances of aliens having two arms, two legs, eyes, a nose and a mouth.
And just because plants on Earth use chlorophyll, doesn't mean photosynthesising alien life will contain chlorophyll. There's loads of other pigments, and there would probably be many more than haven't evolved on this planet
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Postby Condraz23 » Fri Dec 15, 2006 11:06 am

I believe that aliens would resemble single-celled organisms floating in small pools of hydrogen peroxide.

But you have to admit, the classic "little green men" are much more interesting and imaginative.
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Postby sachin » Fri Dec 15, 2006 2:48 pm

Ya, I have got those on net.

Me too expect same as you.

Alien with Photoreceptor, chemoreceptor, mechanoreceptor, movable ect..
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Postby MrMistery » Fri Dec 15, 2006 5:56 pm

Micky T.
There are some principles that are universally valid in evolution, no matter where you live.
Generally, it is better to have all your "thinking structures" in one place - in humans, inside the head.(the tendancy of centralisation). Also it is pretty probable that all that "thinking structure" will be inside the head of aliens, as that is the part that first meets the environment and it is logical to have most of your sensors there. also, two eyes are the most probable solution, as they give the highest coverage/energy expeditures ratio. and so on, so on. it doesn't mean that martians would resemble humans as much as hollywood pictures say they do, but my guess is that they would have some resemblances, affirmation I base on the principles of convergent evolution and Occam's raisor.

About clorophil. First of all, it is highly unlikely that a moving creature would photosynthesise, cause that would mean it would have to be extremely inactive(photosynthesis gives off very few energy). And would they be green? Well, i don't know. you would have to check with an astronomer about the weather conditions of Mars. They won't be red, i can tell you that, because they need to absorb red light which is the only one present in the morning and evening, even on Mars. I don't know if they would be blue though. Plants on earth are not blue cause they need blue light when it is cloudy outside. does mars have clouds? and can blue light pass through them? if the answer is yes, then yes, probably any ipothetical photosynthetic organisms on mars would use a green pigment like clorophyl...
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Postby Micky T » Sat Dec 16, 2006 12:37 pm

Surely for convergent evolution to occur, the two organisms must be in the same, or at least similar environments. If we take Mars for example - the environment is completely different.

If we ever find aliens, I believe we may not even know if they are alive or not. They won't necessarily show the same evolutionary mechanics then those that occured on Earth - evolution might not even exist for them. They might not contain DNA. We can't really tell until we see one, which is quite improbable, due to the large distances between stars, and even larger distances between galaxies
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Postby MrMistery » Sat Dec 16, 2006 5:53 pm

there are some principles that are universal. it makes sense to have your receptors in the front part, because that is the part that meets the environment first. centralisation is also very probable, as shorter distances allow better communication.

It is easy to say "conditions are different, so they will be totally different" but it is not quite scientific. a scientific opinion is trying to understand why something happens, and see if that "why" would also be present there..
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Postby Micky T » Sun Dec 17, 2006 10:25 am

I'm only saying how we can possibly think of an alien without even seeing one. If aliens did arrive on Earth, and they looked human, or have human like features, then we could look at it scientifically. As it is, it's all guesswork.

We can't really guess due exclusively to what we have seen on Earth, as this is only one planet.

But it's still quite a pointless idea, seeing as we are probably never going to see aliens
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