Alien Life May Not Even Look Like Life

By Olivia Smith | May 20, 2024

The skies

Our search for life beyond Earth involves seeking familiar characteristics similar to what we know on our planet. 

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When scanning the skies and planets around distant stars for signs of life, we are not merely looking for any form of life, but specifically for life that resembles what we are familiar with.

Familiar signs

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A recent study highlights the possibility that our search for extraterrestrial life may be constrained by our emphasis on familiar signs, potentially limiting our chances of discovering alien life forms that operate differently.