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 in their own evolutionary past.
By reexamining this subject matter in the context of an original, falsifiable theory, which has undergone rigorous scientific scrutiny, the objective is to begin a new and more informed discussion among believers and skeptics 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. Furthermore, with the accelerating pace of change in science, technology, and engineering, it is likely that humans of the distant future may someday develop the knowledge and machinery necessary to return to the past.
Modern and past human groups would only be capable of comprehending the biology, culture, and technology of these extratempestrials in a 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 throughout human evolution - as well as recent advances in our understanding of time and time travel - we may begin to consider 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, changes in brain size and shape, 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 hominin evolution, and have persisted 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 described as 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 clearly 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.