New scientific research raises the possibility that advanced versions of T. rex and other dinosaurs — monstrous creatures with the intelligence and cunning of humans — may be the life forms that evolved on other planets in the universe. “We would be better off not meeting them,” concludes the study, which appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
Xenophobic, much? Yes, OK, the first alien race that we ever meet could look like this. Or they could look like this. Or, you know, even like this (I so totally doubt it, though). That’s an entirely different question about whether or not they’re dangerous to humanity. I mean, I’m descended from countless generations of steadily-less-hairy hominids that killed everything that looked at them cross-eyed and I think that I can be trusted not to eat any random alien babies that might come into view. It seems impolite – worse, an unexamined assumption – to suggest that a hypothetical sentient saurian race would be automatically awful (or automatically wonderful, for that matter).
It is very possible, by the way, that sentient life in the universe will not have all that many mammal-analogues. Then again, maybe God (or gods, or Alien Space Bats) makes sure that every oxygen-nitrogen planet in the galaxy gets visited by a dinosaur killer in order to let the mammals develop sentience and eventually burn the saurians for fuel. Or whatever the current origin theory is for fossil fuels: the point is that we don’t really know what the heck is going on out there, and we won’t until we go and look.