The Fantastic Truth About A Real Cosmic "Jurassic Park" That May Soon Come To Life To Haunt Us All
By Brad Steiger
Used with the permission of the author Brad Steiger. Originally appeared in UFO Universe Magazine, winter, 1994. Visit Brad & Sherry's Website at: http://www.bradandsherry.com
The April 26, 1993 issue of Time magazine featured "The Truth About Dinosaurs" on its cover and teased readers about its featured article with the provocative statement that the great reptiles "might not really be extinct." Time's punchline to their teaser was to provide information about Mononychus, a recently discovered "new link between dinosaurs and birds."
For at least the last 20 years I, too, have been theorising that the dinosaurs may not be extinct. And in answer to the the generations' old query of "where did all the dinosaurs go all at once," I have suggested that they may not have vanished as a species, but that they may have evolved.
Simply entertain that little tidbit of speculative thought for a few serious minutes. If an ancestor of our species (homo habilis) may be only about three million years old, and if we became the dominant species (homo sapiens) on the planet around forty thousand years ago, began our civilizations and our cities around 7,000 years ago, and reached our level of technology in the past 50 years, then we progressed from hairless ape to astronaut in far less than a million years. Compare our brief moment in 'the evolutionary spotlight' to the great reptiles, who dominated the planet for a 165 million years. The dinosaursand paleontologists admit they may only know 1% of all the specieshad plenty of time for one or more reptilian geneses that might have evolved to a technologically based society.
An Archaeological enigma with which I dealt extensively in Myteries of Time and Space has to do with what appeared to be humanoid footprints which are found widely scattered in the geologic strata suggestive of a quarter of a million years ago. This "What's-it That Walked Like a Man" left shoe prints, sandal prints, and barefoot prints on the sands of time that have long since hardened into rock. This bipedal creature with humanlike stride ostensibly vanishedand left a riddle which has the scientists scratching their heads.
There must be one or more fossil animals about which science as yet knows nothing. Maybe the evolutionists have been looking up the wrong tree when they conducted their endless search for the Missing Link. Is it impossible to consider a giant, toadlike amphibian emerging from the Paleozoic swamps and pressing a foot that bore a heel and five toes on the mud and sand? An intelligent species of amphibian would be remarkably effective creatures. They could have the best of two worlds, land and sea. They could hibernate for long periods of time, whenever necessary; and, of course, they would be naturally long lived.
To carry our amphibious fantasy a bit further, it would have been no real trick for them to have survived into the Age of Reptiles, thereby becoming responsible for those mysterious footprints in the same strata as the dinosaur tracks. The shoes? Well, if there is anything at all to evolution, the amphibians would have by that time have devoloped a rather advanced civilizationone that would have run its course by the time an intelligent species of mammal was prepared to assume stage center.
These footprints were made more than 250 million years ago. That is a great deal of time for trial and error, but also an enormous stretch of time for other kinds of intelligent species to flower and die.
A few years ago, I was delighted to read newspaper articles about Dale Russel and Ron Seguin of Canada's National Museum of Natural Sciences at Ottawa, who created an imaginative model of a humanoid dinosaur.
The February 1982 issue of Discovery told how Russell and Seguin's project had begun as a routine, life-sized reconstruction of Stenonychosaurus inequalis, a small, meat-eating dinosaur that had lived near the closing of the Age of Reptiles.
Russell and Seguin decided to take the exercises a few steps further. Using Stenonychosaurus as the model, they fashioned a creature that might have evolved, rather than dying out with the rest of the dinosaurs, sixty-five million years ago.
The result was a strikingly manlike four-and-a-half-foot creature that Russel calls a "dinosaurold." It has a large brain, green skin, and yellow, reptilian eyes and is said by its creators to be based on scientific speculation, not pure fantasy.
"There is a trend in evolution towards increasing brain size," he says, and the trend includes dinosaurs as well as mammals.
Stenonychosaurus had a good start, Russell believes, because it had a relatively large brain and eyes with overlapping visual fields. It also walked on two legs, and it may have had a partially apposable "thumb" on its three-clawed hand.
In the late 1960's and throughout the 70's, I participated in the hypnotic regression of a number of men and women who claimed to have been abducted for brief periods of time by crew members from UFOs. These contactees claimed to have been given some kind of medical examination; and in some instances, we were able to observe peculiar punctures and markings in their flesh.
I interviewed even larger numbers of witnesses who claimed to have seen UFOnauts in the vicinity of mysterious craft that had been set down in pastures, meadows, and forest lands. These men and woman said that they had been able to get a good look at the entities, who were often engaged in such tasks as digging in soil, clipping leaves from bushes, or taking samples of water.
In the greatest number of alien encounters, the UFOnauts were described as standing about five feet tall and dressed in one-piece, tight fitting jumpsuits.
Their skin was gray or grayish green, and hairless.
Their faces were dominated by large eyes, very often with snakelike, slit pupils.
They had no discernable lips, just straight lines for mouths. They seldom were described as having noses, just little snubs if at all; but usually the witness saw only nostrils nearly flush against the smooth face.
Sometimes a percipient mentioned pointed ears, but on many occasions commented on the absence of noticeable ears on the large, round head. And, repeatedly, eye witnesses described an insignia of a flying serpent on a shoulder patch, a badge, a medallion, or a helmet.
In numerous lectures throughout the United States and Canada over the past 20 years, I have presented my hypothesis that the reason why the most frequently reported UFOnauts resemble reptilian humanoids may be because that is exactly what they arehighly evolved members of a serpentine species.
My thesis is willing to entertain two possibilities:
Interestingly, regarding the question of reptilian language, Dale Russell theorizes that the sounds that their concept of a dinosaur would make would be "avian rather than mammalian...Their voices would be more birdlike than grunting."
Almost without exception, those men and woman who have encountered UFOnauts have said that the sounds the entities made were suggestive of whistles, hummings, chirps, musical notesall uttered in a birdlike, sing-song manner.
Russell is very cautious in his suppositions and emphasizes that he is largely playing "let's pretend" when it comes to speculations about the dinosauroid's familial and societal evolutions. About the only time that he is dogmatic is when he is declaring that intelligent reptiles could not both have developed on the same planet.
Mammals, he states, would have remained at the level of insect-eating rodents. Humankind would never have existed, because the dinosaurs "...would have preempted the niche that has been occupied by mammals."
If our contemporary science cannot accept the possibility that our planet could have witnessed the evolution of intelligent amphibians or reptilians as well as human-mammalians as successive dominant species, then I will, at this time, opt to promulgate Part Two of my hypothesis: Earth has been visited for centuries by a highly advanced reptilian humanoid culture from an extraterrestrial world.
The serpent is almost universally recognized as a symbol of the wave form of energy, a sperm-symbol representative of life. Nearly every ancient culture has its legends of wise Serpent Kings who came from the sky to advance the beneficent and civilizing rule of the Sons of Heavene.g., Quetzalcoatl, the "leathered serpent" of the Incas, who descended from heaven in a silver egg. The awesome respect that our ancestors had for these wise serpentlike humanoids could surely have been retained in our collective unconcious today.
Let us suppose, then, that a highly advanced reptilian species with an astonishing technology has been interacting with developing lifeforms on Earth for millions of years.
Let us suppose, further, that, upon the emergence of humankind's earliest ancestral relative, they made a decision to interfere with the gradual evolutionary process of Homo Sapiens and to initiate a program of genetic engineering whereby they would accelerate the physical and intellectual development of certain of the bipedal creatures.
Exceedingly patient, detached, almost emotionless in its approach to scientific projects, the reptilian race experimented with skin pigmentation, facial and body hair, height, weight, and intelligence in their efforts to improve developing humankind.
At the same time, of course, the natural process of selection and survival was taking place on the planet, so that by the time the serpentine scientists had created cities of rather sophisticated inhabitants about 200,000 years ago. Neanderthal man was just beginning to huddle together in caves.
By 100,000 years ago, the genetic engineers from beyond the stars looked with pride upon a flourishing culture that spread its influence throughout every section of the planet. These extraterrestrially accelerated people, known today as the inhabitants of the legendary Atlantis, Lemuria, and Mu, structured a technology which sought to replicate that of the Serpent Gods from the stars. They also learned how to manipulate and to control natural energies of Earth.
Regretfully, however, the majority of these forces and technologies were developed for purposes of exploitation and destruction, inspired by a spirit of fierce competition among certain factions within the Serpent Gods themselves. Tragically, little thought had been given by the reptilian engineers to teaching humankind about the individual sovereignty of others or about the hardships that one's acts of self-aggrandizement might cause others.