1.3 – The Visitors (4.27.10)

GENETIC MARKERS [4h]

For thousands of years, mankind has tried to depict alien beings who they believe came from the skies. Many of the creatures seem to share characteristics of humans. They often have two arms, two legs, fingers, and a head. Just like we do. Biologists refer to this basic body shape as bilateral symmetry.

“Bilateral symmetry is, very simply, you divide something down the middle into two parts, and lateral means up and down, and the two sides are an exact reflection of each other. If you fold the thing in half, all the parts line up.”

Michael Dennin, Ph.D.
(Physicist/Prof. of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine)

“Bilateral symmetry evolved relatively early in the evolution of animals…several hundred million years ago.”

– Francisco Ayala, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine)

“Being bilaterally symmetric allows you to be streamlined…and to develop a head end, so you become cephalized. And that certainly happened in vertebrates. Virtually, the mouth at the end of something and then you get progressive development, and that seems to have led to many, many advances.”

– Russell H. Tuttle, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Evolutionary Biology, Univ. of Chicago)

“So when you look at it closely, you can see a lot of advantages coming in. Having the two arms and two legs to work together really gives you great mobility and balance and speed. Having eyes on two sides separated gives really improved vision in various ways. Animals that are predominantly prey use their two eyes independently and get a huge field of view. Animals that are predominately hunters have them more in the front and get really good depth perception, which you need if you’re gonna land on the animal you’re hunting.”

Michael Dennin, Ph.D.
(Physicist/Prof. of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine)

If it is true that aliens resemble humans in their physical characteristics, might there also be genetic similarities? Could we even be related? In 2003, the U.S. Government announced that the Human Genome Project had identified all of the nearly 25,000 genes in the human body. For the first time, scientists had a road map to the genetic make-up of humans.

“Human genomes are the ones who are transmitted from parents to children. Each human genome, that is the one that we get from our father, or the one that we get from our mother, has three billion letters…billion components. Everybody thought that we would open lots of possibilities to study human heredity, and perhaps for medicine and other applications.”

– Francisco Ayala, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine)

In 2006, genetic researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz discovered an area of the genome they called HAR1 that appears to be unique to humans. Scientists believe the HAR1 gene plays a critical role in the advanced development of the human brain, and is a key element that sets us apart from other animals. But where did it come from? Did humans develop this distinct gene naturally through evolution? Or did it land here from another planet? Francis Crick, the British scientist who helped discover the structure of DNA, believed that human genes could not have evolved by chance.

“Crick didn’t feel in that period of roughly 600 million years, from the formation of the planet down to the time when the planet could first support life, there was enough time for DNA to evolve by accident. It’s an enormously complicated molecule. Crick gave this analogy: you would be more likely to assemble a fully functioning and flying jumbo jet by passing a hurricane though a junkyard than you would be to assemble the DNA molecule by chance in any kind of primeval soup in five or six hundred million years. It’s just not possible.”

Graham Hancock (Author, Fingerprints of the Gods)

But if this molecule could not have evolved accidentally, how was it created? Was it, as some believe, put there on purpose?

“The question should not be do the extraterrestrials look like us or what do the extraterrestrials look like, but do we look like the extraterrestrials? Because according to the Ancient Astronaut Theory, a long, long time ago, extraterrestrials came here, and through a targeted mutation of our genes, we – quote, unquote – ‘became human.’”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“Possibly there is information in our DNA about whether human evolution was manipulated or not. The DNA is almost deciphered, yet we only understand five percent of the information it carries.”

Peter Fiebag (Author, Eternity Machine)

“Geneticists have determined that it only takes about five percent to clone a human beings, and that 95% of that genetic material that we have in our bodies is nothing more than what they refer to as ‘genetic junk.’”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“Why is everything there? And there’s probably parts of the DNA that don’t have an obvious current function. Maybe they’re left over from something that was used in the past, kind of like our appendix is left over.”

Michael Dennin, Ph.D.
(Physicist/Prof. of Physics & Astronomy, UC Irvine)

Could this “genetic junk” hold the key to the evolution of humans? Some people suggest that decoding our DNA entirely will unlock startling information about our origins. But could it even prove that aliens played a role in our development thousands of years ago?

“If you hypothetically wanted to record an eternal message that could be decoded by a creature that had eventually evolved enough intelligence to decode it, the place to put that message would not be on some monument or in some text, which might be swept away, but actually on the DNA of the creature itself. It’s recently been established that DNA is a recording medium of almost limitless power. It would be technically possible to record the entire knowledge of a civilization on the DNA in our bodies. All you’d need is a way to access that information.”

Graham Hancock (Author, Fingerprints of the Gods)

“I think we have something, the whole humanity, in our genes. Somewhere in our genes it is coded that extraterrestrials were here thousands of years ago.”

Erich von Däniken (Author, Chariots of the Gods?)

But the questions persist: If aliens visited Earth tens of thousands of years ago…how did they get here? When we look to the past for the answers, are we looking in the wrong place? Should we actually look forward…to our future?

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