Originally posted by Titen-Sxull
reply to post by Chance321
Why would a massive structure on Mars have an APE-like human-like face if it were created by alien beings? Unless those aliens were also apes, in
which case they originated on Earth and weren't aliens to begin with.
This has been discussed many times in science fact and science fiction over the years. I'm not suggesting that I agree with the following but these
are some of the reasons I've read and seen over the years that address the face being apelike.
1. Convergent evolution. With similar obstacles to overcome evolution has been shown to often come up with the same solutions.
2. Panspermia. The idea that life is seeded throughout the universe by asteroids, comets and other small bodies which harbour bacteria that eventually
evolve into what we see on Earth. If such a body entered the solar system it's not very much of a stretch to argue that material from it could land
both on Mars and Earth, and given the same original source of life that both planets (remembering that Mars once had oceans and an atmosphere) could
eventually be home to similarly evolved hominids.
3. A variant on Panspermia mentioned many times in New Scientist Magazine over the years where an impact on Mars caused some material to exceed escape
velocity and eventually land on Earth, where either of the first two example processes shown above then take over. This idea over the years in that
once respectable journal seemed to be the favoured way life began here on Earth. I even remember clearly one article a few years back in said
publication claiming a 90% probability that the first lifeforms on Earth came from Mars. I remember it so well because it inspired some fiction that I
4. Deliberate Panspermia whereby some distant civilisation deliberately seeded the cosmos with life based on it's own DNA/RNA stucture and encoding
that structure in a way as to prefer convergent solutions to life's similar problems.
5. Another outlandish theory is that Mars was inhabited by apes and humans before Earth. Later this civilisation forseeing it's doom relocated in
part or as a whole to Earth. This could have been due to a whole host of reasons from war and collision, to environmental disater and the fact that
Mars' mass is too low to keep an atmosphere over the very long term without replenishment.
6. Both the humanoids on Mars and Earth both came from somewhere else under their own steam with their own ships and technology.
7. The face may have to be apelike for us to recognise it as such. Therefore if any aliens wanted to get our attention when we had evolved enough to
reach space why wouldn't they make a face like that of the infant species they discovered hundreds of thousands or even millions of years ago while
on a galactic cruise.
8. The explanation I most often see in sci-fi novels, the idea that this planet and possibly the whole solar system has seen human civilisation rise
and fall more than once- perhaps many times. The following quote comes to mind "This has all happened before and this will all happen again."
That's just off the top of my head, there are many more reasons why if you stop to think about it. The face could simply be Mars version of the Nazca
lines, or the equivalent of Arthur C Clarke's monolith. and of course we should never forget that it is mathematically highly probable that we live
in a simulated universe and as such everything is possible.
All I know for sure is that the Universe is not stranger than we imagine, it's stranger than we can imagine.
[edit on 30-7-2010 by spookfish]