Scientists Research Whether Intelligent Life Existed Previously On Earth


Two scientists research if another advanced species existed before humans on earth.

According to Vice, two scientists created a study to research if intelligent life existed on Earth before humans. Climatologist Gavin Schmidt and University of Rochester physicist Adam Frank co-authored a paper titled “The Silurian Hypothesis: Would it be possible to detect an industrial civilization in the geologic record?” The word “Silurian” in the title is borrowed from the science fiction television show Doctor Who. In the show, the Silurians lived on Earth millions of years before humans.

The paper, which was published in the International Journal of Astrobiology, explores what kind of signature an advanced species would leave behind. The researchers use the footprint that the current era will leave behind on the planet as a guide.

“There’s lots of things that are going well for [human civilization], but there’s a big price that’s being paid in the ecology and biology,” Schmidt said.

Schmidt and Frank suggested in the paper that what should be searched for are things like byproducts of fossil fuel consumption or disrupted sedimentation from agricultural development.

“You really have to dive into a lot of different fields and pull together exactly what you might see,” Schmidt said. “It involves chemistry, sedimentology, geology, and all these other things. It’s really fascinating.”

One of the most important aspects of the paper, according to its writers, is that if we consider the possibility that we are not the first advanced civilization on Earth, perhaps we may better recognize the value of our circumstances.

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Megan Butler
Megan Butler

This research looks like super interesting! I guess this issue will be developed more and more with the years) A few years ago I had a project at college, so we as students were supposed to find as much information as we could to gather the mentioned facts about intelligent life existed on Earth in science literature. It didn`t seem like something we are interested in, so we decided to get papers for money. We found a great service for it, this one, I must say we got such an informative paper with facts, statistics, analyzing, etc. But I would like to take part in such a study now with all passibilities and variety of technics we have nowadays)

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