Octopus brain more similar to the human brain than thought

Octopus brain more similar to the human brain than thought: ‘Fascinating example of convergent evolution’
June 24, 2022
by Matt Higgins

Diane Picchiottino on Unsplash

Humans might have evolved from apes, but that doesn’t mean we don’t share the same characteristics with other animals. A team of international researchers made a startling discovery when they found both the human and octopus brain share the same “jumping genes.”

“Jumping genes” are active in both the human brain and in the brain of two species of octopus — Octopus vulgarisms and Octopus bimaculoides. Over 45% of the human genome is composed by sequences called transposons, or the jumping genes, that can “move from one point to another of an individual’s genome, shuffling or duplicating.”
https://www.braintomorrow.com/human-octopus-brain-jumping-genes/

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