• Question: why do we call other living organisms on a different planet, aliens?

    Asked by nisma to Artem, Caroline, John on 21 Jun 2012. This question was also asked by hepworth99.
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      Artem Evdokimov answered on 21 Jun 2012:

      The study of alien biology is typically referred to as xenobiology or exobiology. Right now it’s a science without a practical subject (unless Area 51 rumors are true and there are alien corpses on ice somewhere already).

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      John Short answered on 22 Jun 2012:

      We would have to call them something, but mostly because they did not originate on Earth. They most likely have a different physiology/ DNA biochemistry etc, although the differences may or not be not be that great depending on how they evolved.