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Even with all these technological advancements in this current human civilization, have you ever wondered if there was an ancient precursor race or civilizations that predate humanity for at least tens of thousands of years? The possibility doesn’t seem far fetched as this was brought up in a recent study in 2018 by Adam Frank and Gavin Schmidt known as ‘The Silurian Hypothesis’. Although, most of the study does not really discuss about a hypothetical precursor race or civilization, it mostly discusses on how would we detect evidence of an ancient civilization based on the Anthropocene (a geological epoch dating from the commencement of significant human impact on Earth’s geology and ecosystems).
Albeit with the recent study into the possibility of an ancient civilization existing before humankind, the idea of an ancient precursor race is not a new one. Many different forms of media have entertained the idea of a precursor race or civilization such as the Assassin’s Creed video game series where an ancient precursor race called The Isu, The Ones Who Came Before, or The First Civilization, created the human race as a docile workforce in their own image. The Isu had genetically altered a species of primates to create humanity as it is today and use Pieces of Eden, powerful artifacts, to control the human race to suit their creator’s needs. These humans would then worship their creators and as a result, the early gods and religion were based on the Isu.
The Isu were an extremely intelligent race, capable of producing nigh-arcane technology and possess more abilities than normal humans such as the “sixth sense” of “knowledge”. Their biological make up was also vastly different than that of humans as the Isu had a triple helix DNA configuration. This allowed the Isu to better interact with Isu technology and also telepathically control them including the Pieces of Eden. There are many other examples of ancient precursor races in other forms of media, but their appearance in Assassin’s Creed is one of the most recent and famous ones.
Now that we have talked about the possibility of an ancient precursor race that might have existed thousands of years before humans, let’s talk about the theory of the creation of humans by either the precursor race, or by an alien race that visited Earth long ago. This theory, also known as the ancient astronaut theory, explains how aliens might have visited Earth a long time ago and interacted with humans or even influenced or shaped humans’ way of life including religion or by constructing or aiding humans to construct megalithic structures such as the Pyramids of Giza or the Stonehenge. Early humans might have even worshipped these alien beings as their mythological gods.
The theory of a race of alien beings creating humans comes from the author Zecharia Sitchin. He claims that the gods of ancient Mesopotamia were astronauts from the planet “Nibiru,” which the Sumerians believed to be a distant “12th planet” (counting the Sun, Moon, and Pluto as planets) aligned with the god Marduk, according to Sitchin. Nibiru, according to Sitchin, is now orbiting the sun in a 3,600-year elongated orbit.
According to Sitchin, Sumerian texts claim that 50 Anunnaki, inhabitants of the planet Nibiru, arrived on Earth about 400,000 years ago with the intention of mining rare metals, particularly gold, for transport back to Nibiru. They quickly became weary of the challenge due to their limited numbers and decided to genetically engineer miners to work in the mines. They finally developed Homo sapiens sapiens, the “Adapa” (model man) or Adam of later myths, after much trial and error. The Anunnaki, according to Sitchin, were engaged in human affairs until their civilization was obliterated by natural disasters triggered by the sudden end of the last ice age 12,000 years ago.
In conclusion, the idea of an ancient precursor race that predates humanity is a fascinating one to say the least. To think that we were not the first true intelligent civilization to rule the Earth might be a tough pill to swallow, but we can learn from how the previous civilization died out so that we may be able to preserve human civilization for much longer than we can last. Assuming that such a precursor civilization did exist, of course. For more articles like this one, click here.