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Bizarre 3D images show what aliens might REALLY look like to survive in harsh environments on distant planets

Mirror logo Mirror 7/03/2017 Abigail O'Leary

Scientists reveal stunning 3D images of what aliens might REALLY look like © Mirror Scientists reveal stunning 3D images of what aliens might REALLY look like Scientists have revealed a series of incredible images showing what aliens might really look like. 

From armoured plates, to translucent skin and claws, the illustrations are a world away from the green, bulging-eyed illustrations of aliens we are used to.

Backed by research of red dwarf solar systems, Dr Brian Choo, from the School of Biological Sciences at Flinders University in Australia, created the images alongside graphic artist Steve Grice.

They paired the conditions in red dwarf solar systems with particular features needed by plants and animals to survive.

In a stunning glimpse at the weird and wonderful shapes, sizes and colours of the creatures, their illustrations and interactive research, published on Sketchfab , depict strange ground-dwelling aliens.

While humanity has developed within the Sun's solar system, smaller red dwarf systems may shine a light on what life is like beyond earth.

Last week astronomers detected no less than seven Earth-sized worlds orbiting a cool dwarf star known as TRAPPIST-1, located in the constellation Aquarius.

While located in the 'habitable zone', life forms would develop entirely different from our own.

Dr Choo, a specialist in how species are affected by environmental factors, suggested alien life could need armoured plates and thick skin as protection from harsh sun or winds.

And with the majority of the world's plants remaining close to the ground and growing between rock and cracks, any creature would need a mouth suitable for gathering such nutrients.

With red dwarfs emitting far less radiation and light than our own sun, some life forms may even develop transparent skin, better at capturing as much light as possible.

Speaking about one armour-skinned creature, Dr Choo said: "This odd creature grazes on low growing lichen-like vegetation and digs for buried tubers.

"The low-slung body and armoured carapace permit it to forage during the blistering windstorms that scour the surface.

"The paddle like tail and vestigial fins betray an aquatic larval stage in the cool lakes at the edg of the melting dark-zone glaciers."

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