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    Are Humans the first technologically advanced species Earth has seen?

    Interesting news item on how long history really is.

    Did another advanced species exist on Earth before humans?
    By Corey S. Powell

    Our Milky Way galaxy contains tens of billions of potentially habitable planets, but we have no idea whether we're alone. For now Earth is the only world known to harbor life, and among all the living things on our planet we assume Homo sapiens is the only species ever to have developed advanced technology.

    But maybe that's assuming too much.

    In a mind-bending new paper entitled "The Silurian Hypothesis" — a reference to an ancient race of brainy reptiles featured in the British science fiction show "Doctor Who" — scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the University of Rochester take a critical look at the scientific evidence that ours is the only advanced civilization ever to have existed on our planet.

    "Do we really know we were the first technological species on Earth?" asks Adam Frank, a professor of physics and astronomy at Rochester and a co-author of the paper. "We've had an industrial society for only about 300 years, but there's been complex life on land for nearly 400 million years."

    If humans went extinct today, Frank says, any future civilization that might arise on Earth millions of years hence might find it hard to recognize traces of human civilization. By the same token, if some earlier civilization existed on Earth millions of years ago, we might have trouble finding evidence of it.
    In search of lizard people

    The discovery of physical artifacts would certainly be the most dramatic evidence of a Silurian-style civilization on Earth, but Frank doubts we'll ever find anything of the sort.

    "Our cities cover less than one percent of the surface," he says. Any comparable cities from an earlier civilization would be easy for modern-day paleontologists to miss. And no one should count on finding a Jurassic iPhone; it wouldn't last millions of years, Gorilla Glass or no.
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    Yes there were others

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    Quote Originally Posted by guruji View Post
    Yes there were others
    It is certainly an interesting hypothesis.
    Seems like it will be difficult to prove, because after a few million years not much identifiable is left for analysis.
    Would be nice to find a time capsule from an intelligent earthling, that lived millions of years ago. Wow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by calikid View Post
    It is certainly an interesting hypothesis.
    Seems like it will be difficult to prove, because after a few million years not much identifiable is left for analysis.
    Would be nice to find a time capsule from an intelligent earthling, that lived millions of years ago. Wow.
    Hi Calikid no this not hypothesis this fact. There are stone age drawings that shows flying machines. In fact scientists now say that our dna is spliced by alien beings in the past.

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    FWIW, past life regressions, too, confirm the existence of previous highly advanced civilizations here on Earth.

    I'm aware of plenty of people who in past life regressions went back to lifetimes in such civilizations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guruji View Post
    Hi Calikid no this not hypothesis this fact. There are stone age drawings that shows flying machines. In fact scientists now say that our dna is spliced by alien beings in the past.
    I believe the basis of the story was: Did an intelligent species exist on planet Earth BEFORE man? Did their society flourish, fail, and suffer an extinction event a few million years ago? That is the hypothesis I find interesting. Unfortunately any relics from those times would have degraded beyond recognition (the article states we would not find a "Jurassic iPhone" LoL, it would have rotted away by now.).
    So the drawings by man you reference would have been much more recent, in geological terms. A whole different topic, also worthy of research.
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