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  • n. The theory that intelligent extraterrestrial beings (sometimes called "ancient astronauts") visited Earth in the distant past, influencing human culture, technology, or religion.

Etymologies

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paleo- +‎ contact

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  • Dunno. Perhaps if you lived on Easter Island it'd be hard to have a conversation without it.

    January 19, 2009

  • Ancient astronauts is nice but hard to slip into conversations. Not so paleocontact! It begs to be dropped at the earliest lull or the least expected moment.

    January 19, 2009

  • Ancient astronaut theories or paleocontact are various proposals that intelligent extraterrestrial beings have visited Earth and that this contact is linked to the origins or development of human cultures, technologies and/or religions.

    Some of these theories suggest that deities from most — if not all — religions are actually extraterrestrial beings, and their technologies were taken as evidence of their divine status.12

    Ancient astronaut theories have limited support within the scientific community, and have garnered little — if any — attention in peer-reviewed studies from scientific journals. These theories have been popularized, particularly in the latter half of the 20th century, by writers Erich von Däniken, Zecharia Sitchin and Robert K.G. Temple. ~Wikipedia

    January 19, 2009