'Aliens Are Out There - And They Look Like Us'
'Aliens Are Out There - And They Look Like Us'
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Aliens resembling humans must have evolved on other planets, a leading biologist has claimed.
Evolutionary biologist Simon Conway Morris says it is surprising we have not already discovered extra-terrestrials that look like us - given the growing number of Earth-like planets now discovered by astronomers.
He based his claim on evidence that different species will independently develop similar features which means that life similar to that on Earth would also develop on equivalent planets.
The theory, known as convergence, says evolution is a predictable process which follows a rigid set of rules.
"I would argue that in any habitable zone that doesn't boil or freeze, intelligent life is going to emerge, because intelligence is convergent," he said.
"One can say with reasonable confidence that the likelihood of something analogous to a human evolving is really pretty high.
"And given the number of potential planets that we now have good reason to think exist, even if the dice only come up the right way every one in 100 throws, that still leads to a very large number of intelligences scattered around, that are likely to be similar to us."
The argument is put forward in his new book The Runes Of Evolution.
He has previously claimed that aliens would resemble earthlings with limbs, heads, and bodies.
And he goes further in the new book, claiming any Earth-like planet should also evolve predators like sharks as well as mangroves, and mushrooms, among many other things.
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World UFO Day (Wow that's a thing.. Kewl!)
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World UFO Day is being celebrated on July 2 to raise awareness about the existence of UFOs (unidentified flying objects) and to encourage governments to declassify their knowledge about such sightings.
If extraterrestrial beings have always intrigued you, see which locations across the globe are believed to be UFO hot spots.
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Pacific Coast Highway, California, United States
The stretch between San Diego and San Francisco is where people have claimed to have sighted UFOs regularly since 1947.
During World War II, the military fired hundreds of artillery shells at such a UFO that flew over Los Angeles, but without much success.
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Nullarbor Plain, Australia
This remote area in the Australian Outback has been a UFO hot spot since the 1950s, when the British military started atomic bomb tests here.
Many travellers crossing this desert-like area have complained of being chased by UFOs.
With reports of alien abductions circulating, the government erected a "Beware of UFOs" highway sign.
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The UFO saga started in this sleepy town in 1961 when four people noticed one flying over—leaving a trail of sparks.
Numerous sightings and sounds have been reported since, with many enthusiasts camping atop Cradle Hill to watch for the UFOs.
The presence of the Stonehenge (pictured) in the area has only added to the intrigue.
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Nazca City, Peru
The Nazca Lines are a series of ancient geoplyphs that were first discovered in 1927.
Since the large designs can be seen in entirety only from the air and given the ancient Nazca people couldn't fly, alien enthusiasts believe that these lines are actually spacecraft landing strips.
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Extraterrestrial Highway, Nevada, United States
Route 375 was officially named Extraterrestrial Highway in 1996 following several claims of UFO sightings along this route.
Moreover, the highway passes through Area 51—one of the most secret U.S. Air Force bases where, it is believed, a massive UFO craft that had crashed in the town of Roswell, New Mexico, is kept hidden.
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Little A'Le'Inn, Nevada, United States
Alien enthusiasts can stop by Little A'Le'Inn on the Extraterrestrial Highway, next-door to Area 51, where UFO believers congregate to exchange stories of the latest sightings over an "alien burger."
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Wycliffe Well, Australia
According to UFO enthusiasts, sightings in this area are so common that anyone who fails to locate one is considered simply unlucky.
In the Northern Territory, sightings date back to WWII.
The Wycliffe Well Holiday Park has lots of UFO paraphernalia to get visitors in the UFO-spotting mood.
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Broad Haven Triangle, Wales
This Welsh area shot to fame when students allegedly spotted a 7-foot being in a silver costume coming out of a UFO craft in the field next to their school in the mid-'70s.
After several similar sighting reports later, the place became a pilgrimage for UFO enthusiasts.
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Since 1992, residents of this small town and the adjoining areas have regularly reported sighting unknown flying objects.
According to the Scottish government, it receives around 300 reports of UFO sightings every year from Bonnybridge and its surrounding areas.
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Whether due to its proximity to Area 51 or the oft talked about alien base Dulce in New Mexico, Arizona has always been a UFO sighting hot spot.
In March 1997, thousands of witnesses in Phoenix claimed to have seen a triangular formation of lights over the area, what came to be known as "The Phoenix Lights."
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San Clemente, Chile
This small town in the Andes Mountains has reported so many UFO sightings in the past two decades that in 2008 it opened a 19-mile stretch called UFO trail, which locals say is a favorite landing spot for alien spacecrafts.
The town has since evolved into a UFO enthusiasts' must-go destination.
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Mexico City, Mexico
This city reported one of the largest mass UFO sightings in 1991. During a total solar eclipse, many eyewitnesses claimed to have seen a strange aircraft hovering in the sky.
Recently, in March 2015, a webcam is said to have captured footage of a UFO that resembled a horse hovering near the Colima volcano.
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In 2008, a night guard at the Yeni Kent Compound recorded several UFOs on video over a period of four months.
Witnesses confirmed the video, which led the Sirius UFO Space Science Research Center to call it the "most important images of a UFO ever filmed."
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The Black Sea coastal city is another UFO hot spot, where many residents have reportedly seen luminous objects and flying saucers in the skyline.
On top of that, some people believe that Bytkha Mountain has a UFO base from where visitors travelling between worlds are ferried.
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Colares Island, Brazil
In 1977, an outbreak of UFO sightings took place on the island, which today is referred as the Colares flap.
Two people died and many more were injured in the incident. Though the government ordered a probe, the results were not made public.
The island residents continue to sight UFOs to this day.
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In 2011, around 986 UFO sightings were reported across Canada, which shot up to 1,981 in 2012.
Witnesses reported seeing triangle, chevron, boomerang, orb, sphere and saucer-shaped craft in the skies. Earliers, the Charlie Redstar Flap incident in Manitoba in 1975-1976 was one of the most famed sightings reported.
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The M Triangle, Russia
Located in the Ural Mountains, it is of the most popular places in Russia for UFO sightings.
Over a period of time, many people of the region have reported mysterious things, such as strange lights, UFOs, weird symbols in the sky and encounters with translucent beings.
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Elk River, Minnesota, United States
The town's first brush with UFOs happened in the 1990s and it has continued since.
Sightings of various shapes, such as wing, V-shaped craft, saucers, and even in the shape of a jellyfish, are regularly reported.
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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, United States
Visitors might come across many eyewitnesses of UFO sightings in this beach town. In 2011, a local business owner said he had seen strange orbs in the sky.
*My inner nerd.. (no actually i'm more of a dork) would LOVE to visit all these places.. and then get shot to pieces in a blaze of glory by the 'Camo Dudes' at Area 51/Groom Lake..
Now THAT would be a cool way to go out.. hahaha... Aww yeah