This work represents a unique examination of long-term evolutionary change in human biology, culture, and technology, as it pertains to the question of “UFOs” and “Extraterrestrials.” More specifically, this study carefully considers the possibility that the individuals described in reliable reports of close encounters, may represent our distant human descendants, returning from the future to study us, as part of their own ancestral hominin past.
By reexamining this subject matter in the context of an original, falsifiable theory, which has undergone rigorous scientific scrutiny, the objective is to move past the pseudoscience and speculation of the past, and begin a new and more informed conversation, among both skeptics and believers alike.
As an anthropologist who has worked on and directed numerous archaeological digs in Africa, France, and throughout the United States, it is easy to conceptualize just how much more could be learned about our own evolutionary history, if we currently possessed the technology to visit past periods of time. This would undoubtedly facilitate in-depth, in-person analyses of the enigmatic, non-preservable aspects of our hominin ancestors. And with the accelerating pace of change in science, technology, and engineering, it is not unfathomable that humans of the distant future could eventually come to possess the knowledge and machinery necessary to accomplish backward time travel.
In this context, modern and past humans would only be capable of comprehending the biology, culture, and technology of these extratempestrials in the most limited capacity, as we represent a far more primitive stage of their remote ancestral past. However, through a comprehensive analysis of consistent patterns of long-term biocultural change in hominin evolution, and recent advances in our understanding of time and time travel, we may begin to cautiously examine this future possibility in the context of a currently unexplained phenomenon.
Many changes characterize human evolution, but it is primarily tenacious shifts toward habitual upright walking, cerebral expansion, facial reduction, reduced body hair, higher intelligence, and the development of increasingly complex tools and culture that most define our lineage. These changes occurred throughout the last 6 million years of our existence as a distinct taxonomic clade, and have continued to persist, in spite of marked modification to our subsistence strategy, climate, ecology, environment, and system of social, economic, and political organization.
Furthermore, from credible reports provided by sound-minded individuals who have experienced a “close encounter,” the extratempestrials observed are ubiquitously bipedal, hairless, human-like beings, with large brains, large eyes, small noses and mouths, culture, social organization, the ability to communicate with us in our own languages, and who possess technology advanced beyond, but yet seemingly built upon our own.
Coupled with a thorough understanding of the past and modern human condition, these accounts point to the continuation of established biological and cultural trends here on Earth, long into the distant future.
There is no denying that this subject matter has been marred in derision for decades. Though it is hoped that this rigorous yet reserved academic approach can draw into the developing conversation a more inclusive audience, initiating viable dialog among skeptics, as well as those who represent various scholarly disciplines within the commonly incredulous scientific community.