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Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
I hope so, I think we need a new one to start colonizing!
Originally posted by cmdrkeenkid
That was a really interesting article. I'd like to see the six legged giraffe, personally.
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
I had never head of them as "evolving planets" before. What do you mean by that? I know that Neptune may have more larger sized objects than Jupiter, but that's about it. Likewise, I understand that Saturn has some smaller moons at it's L4/5 points, but nothing very substantial.
A huge influence on a planet's ability to evolve complex life is not just location, location, location, but rather environment, environment environment. The difference? Some planetary systems may have gas giant planets that accelerate the rate of comet or asteroid impacts on the surface of their terrestrial siblings.
It's just amazing to consider the wide and wild variety shapes and forms that life might take out there. One of the recently discovered exoplanets faces its star so that one side of the planet is too hot for life and the opposite side too cold. Imagine what kind of lifeforms might exist in the twilight band of the terminator?