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Hi pit,
I have been thinking recently if it is possible that all life and history we know is only as recent as the last major disaster that has destroyed all life and pretty much reseted earth back to square one. What i mean is could there have been a whole other civilisation that was once living here that could have looked different to humans and all the plants/animals/technology could have been different ect, Then there could have been an asteroid hit or other massive event, which totaly wiped out all life and any evidence of this life.

Is this in anyway possible and if so what is theory called.
If anyone knows any famous people/ books/ websites i should check out to investigate more please let me know.
Discuss.
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Basically humans were as advanced 500,000 years ago as they are today but they were all killed and put back to square one? Unlikely I say.
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#5
There would have been at the least been a fossil record.

Plus we know already of the various extinction events, when these happened, what sort of lifeforms where around when these events took place, etc. We would have had to seriously miss something in geology, archaeology and palaentology to not notice some huge advanced non-humanoid society being wiped out by some unknown extinction event.
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I get what youre saying but that's highly unlikely, we would've found traces if there was another complete ecosystem of humans, plants and animals, things dont just dissapear especially any technology. Evolution takes time too and it has to fit into what we know about the start of life. Like this planet has been around for 4.54 billion years but didn't have an atmosphere to support life/larger structures of life for a certain amount of time. It's an interesting thought, though.
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#11
Possible I suppose, I've often thought about it. Only problem is bodies would have turned up by now
#13
If that was true, I'm sure we'd have found some kind of remenant of said civillisation ages ago.

EDIT: ^ Hmm, good point, but its unlikely.
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Well, we pretty much know that there weren't advanced civilisations in the past, like someone mentioned with fossil records and archaeology etc etc.

But I've thought about this same thought of thing on a different tangent. Like, I was thinking about end-world theories, Armageddon, etc. Say all of life was wiped out (We know there have been mass extinctions in the past, where the Earth was basically uninhabitable for a time) - if this happens again, and all humans (and whatever else) become extinct... what would come next? Would the Earth ever see intelligent, sentient civilisations again? What kind of life would there be?


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Well, we pretty much know that there weren't advanced civilisations in the past, like someone mentioned with fossil records and archaeology etc etc.

But I've thought about this same thought of thing on a different tangent. Like, I was thinking about end-world theories, Armageddon, etc. Say all of life was wiped out (We know there have been mass extinctions in the past, where the Earth was basically uninhabitable for a time) - if this happens again, and all humans (and whatever else) become extinct... what would come next? Would the Earth ever see intelligent, sentient civilisations again? What kind of life would there be?


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I'd assume it'd probably related to modern day primates.

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I'd assume it'd probably related to modern day primates.
Possibly. But I like to wonder about the possibilities of different evolutionary lines. One thing that springs to mind is the Doctor Who episode where they discovered the lizard people living underground.

Of course, that's fiction, but I often like to wonder - if life started again, how different could it be? Would we end up seeing basically the same kind of life? Or would they be radically different? Would there ever be another intelligent species on Earth?
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I don't know what to make of it. I think it hasn't happened in the past... But possibly in the future. Who knows though... Maybe Mass Effect was right in a way. Maybe what we call God, is infact the Reapers!
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Then we are the collectors?
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Civilization.
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Stop derailing this thread. It has clearly been explained to you several times that Civilisation is a variant spelling which is equally correct.
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Actually, on later thought we wouldn't be the Collectors. The Collectors were Protheans that were enslaved because they gave their life to survive. But the Protheans weren't actually the first civilisation.
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Anyway, on topic, how do we know the dinosaurs didn't have advanced civilisations? some of them had opposable thumbs, and some of them had pretty massive brains
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mu_%28lost_continent%29

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantis

Only two theories I can think of, and they're not really even theories...

I think it's entirely possible that there was some sort of civilization that was wiped out, as the remnants of Egyptian engineering and whatnot we are still unable to figure out, because they seem too far advanced for their time. We shouldn't completely discount the chance, however, I doubt that we'll ever find some solid archeological proof that everyone agrees points to an older civilization that no longer exists.
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Hi pit,
I have been thinking recently if it is possible that all life and history we know is only as recent as the last major disaster that has destroyed all life and pretty much reseted earth back to square one. What i mean is could there have been a whole other civilisation that was once living here that could have looked different to humans and all the plants/animals/technology could have been different ect, Then there could have been an asteroid hit or other massive event, which totaly wiped out all life and any evidence of this life.

Is this in anyway possible and if so what is theory called.
If anyone knows any famous people/ books/ websites i should check out to investigate more please let me know.
Discuss.


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#35
On topic though, and seriously.
I'd absolutely shit my pants if something happened like in Gears of War/Halo.
I'd enlist to be a COG immediately.
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Anyway, on topic, how do we know the dinosaurs didn't have advanced civilisations? some of them had opposable thumbs, and some of them had pretty massive brains



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#38
Unlikely, really.
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Anyway, on topic, how do we know the dinosaurs didn't have advanced civilisations? some of them had opposable thumbs, and some of them had pretty massive brains

Some of the biggest ones (up to 30 m tall) had a brain the size of a nut. Like ^^ that guy.
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Unlikely, really.

Some of the biggest ones (up to 30 m tall) had a brain the size of a nut. Like ^^ that guy.


Really? damn!

Well what about the Mayan pyramids? they aren't exactly 'ancient' but they had/used technology that we don't really understand, didn't they?
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Unlikely, really.

Some of the biggest ones (up to 30 m tall) had a brain the size of a nut. Like ^^ that guy.


Then how do you explain the picture of dinosaurs with laser beam attatchments

But yeah, I clicked a youtube link from this thread, and it led me into an abyss of asteroid collision videos. I awoke ten minutes later naked in my bathroom floor in the fetal position in a pool of blood and what appeared to be cat vomit.

I haven't had a cat in 7 years.
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