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Re: Mac Tonnies' The Cryptoterrestrial Hypothesis

From: Ed Gehrman <egehrman.nul>
Date: Sun, 31 Dec 2006 12:13:51 -0800
Fwd Date: Tue, 02 Jan 2007 07:49:06 -0500
Subject: Re: Mac Tonnies' The Cryptoterrestrial Hypothesis

Convergent Evolution & Ancient Civilizations

Every August several Hummingbird moths visit my wife's flower
garden. Their resemblance to actual hummingbirds is remarkable
and when they are feeding, hovering and humming, it's difficult
to make the distinction. These unexpected commonalities between
insect and a bird are the result of convergent evolution.When
unrelated species occupy the same niche, they are shaped by that
particular physical environment and similar physical
characteristics evolve in response to the selective pressures
each organism encounters.

"Scientists refer to organisms arriving at a similar
evolutionary "solution", even though not related, when faced
with similar environmental requirements in behavior and function
as having performed 'convergent evolution'. It's really an
impressive concept and you'll see examples of this over and over
again in the natural world once you know it exists.Convergent
evolution can take the form of similar behaviors, or similar
form and function. So, in a sense, convergent evolution can be
viewed as different animals traveling down an evolutionary
"road" that converges with another very different animal. No,
these animals are not now closely related, it's just that they
both came up with similar "solutions", if you will, to a similar


Another example is the African pygmy hippo and the South
American rodent called Capybara. They both occupy swampy
tropical forests and are semi-aquatic but to do so, the hippo
has gotten much smaller and the capybara is the world's largest
rodent. They also look very similar and have round ears, and
short necks and square faces and almost no tail.

The same evolutionary mechanism created humans and is possibly
responsible for other human-like creatures (hominoids). A
reptilian or monotreme hominoid is certainly conceivable, if not
probable. There are no rules in modern biology that prevent
anyone from considering the notion that ancient civilizations
could have evolved and created technologies and civilizations.
Once tool use, our niche, develops, it could be only a matter of
time before we develop flying machines and telephones.

Humans are living proof that this niche can be exploited and we
may be "traveling down an evolutionary road that converges with
another very different animal".

Isn't it a basic tenet of the scientific method that nothing is
"special." Humans aren't special, either. Very little is known
about the early history of mammals which stretches across a time
span of one hundred and forty million years. This is enough time
for many civilizations to have come and gone and never to have
left a scrap of evidence that they existed. These civilizations
could have developed the same technologies that we've mastered,
and much more. They also may have gone about it in a different

Mac is not the first person to consider the possibility that
ancient earth civilizations might be responsible for the crafts
we see flying in our sky. I've been suggesting this possibility
for many years and was influenced by the research and
speculations of Ivan Sanderson who wrote "Invisible Residents"
in 1970.

Mac's hypothesis is a work in progress as are my theories. All
we're asking is that ancient crypto-hominoid civilizations be
considered as a possible explanation for UFO, on an equal basis
with the ETH, and that these ideas not be rejected before they
can be thoroughly explored.


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