samedi 9 juin 2012


The Engineers are a sentient species which developed an advanced space faring civilisation, became expert in bioengineering. They look like two meters tall white skinned overmuscled bald humans with dark eyes. Their DNA matches that of Earth's humans.
They are believed to have seeded other worlds and influenced the development of other lifeforms.
They are believed ot have come to Earth at some point in the distant past, as some cave paintings and carvings clearly state by showing the position of what is believed to be either their homeworld or their nearest outspost thru primitive starmaps. It is to be noted that those starmap represent the same stars configuration as the ones found on the starmap drawn by Betty Hill under hypnosis after having been supposedly abducted by aliens from Zet Reticuli.
Some conjecture that they may have either:
A) created mankind or influenced its development by spreading their DNA in Earth's water with the help of a mutagen agent of their making
B) been responsible, by the same means, of bringing life to Earth.
The seeding of Earth, whenever it took place and whatever its effects were, was done through a ritual suicide of an Engineer ingesting a grey goo, a mutagen compound which dissociated its cellular structure in a matter of seconds. Its remnants then flowed in Earth's running water. Theories suggest that this took place at Victoria's waterfalls in Africa.
Other theories say that they sent an emissary to Earth 2000 years ago to ensure that humanity was on right path and that he was crucified. They then decided to wipe out the human species as it was deemed dangerous.
Other theories, taking the Barney and Betty Hill abduction as evidence, reject that the Engineers wanted to wipe out humanity as they seem ot have visited the place with purely scientific purposes in the late 20th century.
The Engineers are known to have possessed a research facility dedicated to bioengineering and bioweaponry on  the planet known to humans as LV-223 (as indicated on primitve starmaps found on Earth), one of three moons of a ringed gas giant, orbiting the star Gleise 86, some 35 light years aways from Earth. It is believed that, they had plans were made to wipe out all life on Earth and start anew by bombing the planet with grey goo containers 2000 years ago. The project was put to a stop when something went wrong with their creation and the whole colony was wiped out. Another Engineer ship is known to have crashed on Acheron (LV-426) the second of three natural satellites that orbit the gas giant Calpamos,  the fifth planet from the star Zeta 2 Reticuli, some 37 light years away from Earth. If this ship came from LV-223, while most likely, remains unknown. Rather than transporting grey goo pods in its cargo bay, it was transporting Xenomorph eggs. Wether those eggs had been placed there by Engineers of Xenomorphs remains subject to debate.

Source: Prometheus movie, Alien / Predator Universe , Xenopedia Entry

Note 1: It is interesting to note that the Ancient Humanoids presented in the Star Trek Universe had a similar seeding program. For the little that was seen of them, they also shared some ressemblance with the Engineers. The beings are said to be  presumably the first humanoid species to evolve in the Milky Way galaxy, some four and a half billion years before the common era. Their true name lost since time immemorial, they have also come to be known as the Ancient Progenitors, and the Galenites, a name derived from the man whose work led to their discovery, Dr. Richard Galen. (TNG: "The Chase", Star Trek: Dark Horizon, Star Trek: Pendragon) During the height of their existence, they explored the galaxy, but found no lifeforms like themselves. Realizing that their species would one day cease to be, they seeded many primordial planets with the building blocks of life, encoding the DNA so that it would evolve into forms similar to their own. Earth was one such planet.
Note 2: It is also interesting to note that in the film Mission to Mars, the  martians are revealed to have seeded Earth with thesame results - while the method is not show - before they were to depart the solar system to populate other worlds at the time Mars was to be hit by a giant asteroid, as shown here. For waht was seen of them, the martians were humanoid but apart from that, did not look that much like humans or engineers.

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