Every living thing on Earth has DNA, but what if it’s not the same for extraterrestrials? What if they have a different system, where more the more genetic material they have, the more complex they are? What if every other alien species they met followed the same rule? Suddenly, they meet the humans and it’s all going well until they get to DNA.
Scientist: So we have DNA that tells our cells (the basic units of life) what to do.
Alien: Interesting… is there a way to measure this?
Scientist: Yes, we have chromosomes that form during mitosis, the process of cell division.
Alien: And how many chromosomes do humans have?
Scientist: It’s very interesting, actually. Humans have 46, dogs have 78-
Alien: Wait, 78? Are they more advanced than you? Are you not the top sapient species?
Scientist: No, we’re the most advanced. The amount of DNA an organism has doesn’t have anything to do with complexity, you know.
Alien: ???? But??? It does????