Ancient rabbinical texts state that "worlds upon worlds there were before Adam was."
Before its recent rebirth at Anomalist Books, my book Worlds Before Our Own had a rather bizarre publishing history. When the book was first released in October of 1978, the initial reviews were the most scathing that I have ever received. One reviewer was so offended by my arguments for a global prehistoric civilization and my presentation of mysterious "man-made" artifacts found in the deepest, most primordial geological strata that he called for the book to be burned.
On expedition in the ancient city of the giants, Sacsahuaman, high in the Andes of Peru. Remarkable archaeological discoveries and the unearthing of startling anomalous finds are presented, along with numerous mind-boggling photographs of unexplained phenomena may be found in Worlds Before Our Own.
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Previously, I had dealt with religious fundamentalist critics who denounced me as an agent of the devil for my explorations into the paranormal and UFOs, but I could not comprehend how a book that presented the evidence for a prehistoric, pre-Homo sapiens civilization could possibly upset a book reviewer to the extent that he would call for a book to be burned. Others followed suit and angrily declared that I had no right to write about archaeological anomalies, because such discoveries, if acknowledged, would demolish the traditional time-tables of human evolution.
It seemed that a host of critics were highly offended by my listing sites of exposed strata of the Paleozoic era that bore clearly defined sandal prints and foot prints, thus making those "human" imprints 250-million years old. If these were not hominid tracks, then such prints certainly appear to have been made by some bipedal creature with a very human looking foot.
Fossilized footprints such as this have been found throughout the planet--but perhaps especially in the southwestern United States. In addition, humanlike footprints have also been found in situ with the tracks of three-toed dinosaurs, thereby causing no end of controversy in the halls of orthodox science, for the conventional calendar of epochs has the great reptiles disappearing 60 million years before humankind's nearest ancestors even began their evolutionary trek.
Certainly, any attempt to solve the puzzle of humankind's origins is very difficult.
In April 1997, word was released of a discovery of four finely crafted hunting spears dated at 400,000 years ago that were found in a coal mine sixty miles from Hanover, Germany. The six and one-half foot spears, superbly made and weighted for precision throwing, are, according to archaeologist Hartmut Thieme, "the oldest and most complete hunting weapons ever found."
The difficulty with this discovery is that orthodox and conventional scientists have previously argued that humans did not begin hunting until 40,000 years ago.
On November 17, 2007, paleoanthropologist David Lordkipanidze's excavations at Dmanisi, Georgia, yielded skeletons of small-framed early humans 1.77 million years old. Easily the earliest hominid fossils to be discovered in Europe, the enigma of how these ancestors of humankind made their way from Africa's Great Rift Valley to the highlands at the foot of the Caucasus Mountains will not be a simple one to solve. In fact, the whole "out of Africa" theory of human migration may have to be rethought.
The world that permits you to read this article, watch television, surf the Internet, drive an automobile, and ride in an airplane is said to have begun in Sumer 6000 years ago when a dying star's flaring brilliance caught the attention of a primitive neolithic people and made them receptive to the advent of cultural stirrings.
Almost "overnight" the tribes that for centuries had been contented to fight and club their way around the Mesopotamian valley somehow became skilled in the arts of civilized living. They left the risky rewards of hunting and gathering and became farmers, tending the soil and irrigating the land. They became experts in metals, ceramics, and hundreds of other skills. They constructed permanent homes, temples, towers, and pyramids where scant decades before there had been only crude tents and huts.
Berossus, the Babylonian priest-historian, credits Oannes, an amphibious half-man creature that emerged from the Persian Gulf as the teacher of enlightenment who nursed the once primitive Sumerians into creating the cradle of civilization and who guided them in writing the first love song, formulating the first school system, compiling the first directory of pharmaceutical concoctions, fashioning a balanced law code, and instituting the first parliament. Before the advent of Oannes, Berossus stated, the Sumerians "lived like beasts in the field, with no order or rule."
Sumerian astronomers became so accurate in their science that their measurements on the rotation of the Moon is off only 0.4 from modern, computerized figures.
Was the mysterious Oannes simply the symbol of the advent of sudden civilization--or was he among the survivors of a strange and alien world that existed on this planet for hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of years before Sumer?
At the height of the Greek Civilization, the highest known number was 10,000. After that sum, the Greek mathematicians could only fall back on "infinity." Centuries before the Greeks, the Sumerians had become master mathematicians who had achieved a series of remarkable accomplishments. A tablet found in the Kuynjik hills some years back contained a 15-digit number--195,955,200,000,000.
Sumerian astronomers charted the stars with a precision worthy of our modern scientists. One pictograph depicts the planets revolving around the Sun--something that Copernicus and Kepler postulated only 500 years ago.
Other Sumerian drawings show humanlike beings with helmets of stars. Some figures are drawn zooming through the skies on celestial, starred discs or spheres.
Conventional historians have a habit of dismissing myths and legends about the origin of civilizations and nations, and they have discarded the Sumerians' own account of how their remarkable city-state was established.
In their collaborative work Intelligent Life in the Universe, Dr. Carl Sagan and Dr. Joseph S. Shklovski discuss the ancient Sumerian tablets known as Ancient Fragments, as a possible firsthand account of how civilization began: "...Ancient writers present an account of a remarkable series of events. Sumerian civilization is depicted by the descendents of the Sumerians themselves to be of non-human origin. A succession of strange creatures appears over a course of several generations. Their only apparent purpose is to instruct mankind. Oannes and the Apkallu (strange creatures) are described variously as "animals endowed with reason," as "beings," as "semi-demons," and as "personages."
The task of solving the mystery of human origins would be even more difficult for contemporary researchers if they truly stopped to analyze and date the archaeological digs that I wrote about in Worlds Before Our Own. There have been excavations in the United States that have produced the remains of primitive men and women over seven feet tall; hominids with horns; giants with double rows of teeth; prehistoric people with sharply slanting foreheads and fanged jaws, pygmy cultures far smaller in height than any known groups.
In July 1895, a party of miners working near Bridal Veil Falls, California, found the tomb of woman whose skeletal remains were six-feet-eight inches in length. The miners had found the Amazon behind a wall of rock that had been shaped and fitted together with an apparent knowledge of masonry. When they had broken through the wall, they hoped that they had stumbled upon some ancient treasure trove. Instead of gold or jewels, the miners remains of a woman whose skeletal frame measured six-feet-eight inches in height. The mysterious madonna had been wrapped in animal skins and covered with a fine gray powder. She clutched the remains of a child to her breast.
Scientists in Los Angeles agreed that the mummy was that of a woman from a race that had flourished on the continent long before any of the Native American tribes had become dominant. Their learned consensus was that she would have stood over seven feet tall in life, thereby making the males of her kind at least eight feet tall.
In 1898, H. Flagler Cowden and his brother Charles unearthed the fossil remains of a giant female, who they speculated was a member of a race of large primitive people who had vanished from the face of the earth some 100,000 years ago. Astonishingly, the Cowdens found their giant woman in Death Valley, an area that, while desolate in modern times, may have been an inlet for the Pacific Ocean in prehistoric times. In the same stratum with the female skeleton were the remains of extinct camels, elephants, palm trees, towering ferns, and fish life.
Perhaps the Cowdens' estimate of 100,000 years ago may have been excessive, even though the brothers based their conclusion on the amount of silica in the soil and the sands and by the state of petrification of the skeletal remains, along with the crystallization and opalization of the bone marrow.
The giant female was seven-feet-six inches tall. Assuming the same kind of height ratio which exists in contemporary times, the males of the vanished valley paradise would likely have been eight feet tall.
The Cowdens discovered a number of anomalous physical appendages and attributes not found in contemporary humans. To cite two of the most dramatic examples, the Cowdens noted that the woman had canine teeth twice the size and length of contemporary humans. She also had a number of extra "buttons" at the base of her spine, "and every indication betrayed the evidence that the woman and her people were endowed with tail-like appendages."
A newspaper account dated April 4, 1874, tells of a veritable catacomb of giant skeletal remains that was unearthed when workmen were opening a way for the railroad between Wildon and Garrysburg, North Carolina: "The skulls were nearly an inch in thickness; the teeth were filed sharp...the enamel perfectly preserved; the bones were of wonderful strength, the femur being as long as the leg of an ordinary man, the stature of the body being probably as great as eight or nine feet....The bodies were found closely packed together, laid tier on tier....The mystery is, who these were, to what race they belonged, to what era, and how they came to be buried there.…"
The North American continent has supported lost civilizations of tiny folk, as well as rugged giants.
Harper's Magazine, July 1869, tells of several burying grounds in Tennessee for tiny men and women, the tallest of whom was nineteen inches tall. These wee folk from an unknown culture were all buried in stone coffins, their heads to the east, their hands folded across their chests. In the bend of the left arm of each skeleton lay a pint vessel made of ground stone or shell of a grayish color. The skeletons were all strong and well set, and their basic structures were well formed.
As more and more these anomalous discoveries in the geological strata of North America are unearthed, it begins to seem as though the continent served as some vast living laboratory of genetic experimentation. Perhaps we might consider the possibility that the progenitors of our species may have been guided around some evolutionary dead ends and that even the monster-humans of mythology might have been abortive experiments by prehistoric genetic engineers from some forgotten world before our own.