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Originally Posted by wolfhnd View Post
"What if the Cretaceous-Tertiary impact that ended the reign of the Dinosaurs never occurred? Would these magnificent creatures, which could only be described by superlatives, still be walking the Earth? Would these creatures have gone on to evolve intelligence and perhaps a technological civilization? It is perhaps the greatest question concerning an alternative evolutionary history of life on Earth."
http://farfuturehorizons.blogspot.co...-dinosaur.html

"An interpretation of Conway Morris’s argument is that (1) the human body shape really is the best shape for intelligence and sentience, and (2) convergence is so rampant throughout life on Earth that it very likely extends to life on other planets too. Point (2) may be reasonable, but point (1) seems less so. Dawkins is quoted as saying that Conway Morris’s argument “is not to be dismissed”. No, sorry, that’s not how it works. It doesn’t matter if Conway Morris is the world’s bestest ever expert on… whatever he’s the world’s bestest ever expert on: he can still be wrong, or hold questionable opinions, just like the rest of us. If I may use a Carl Sagan quote, there are no authorities, only experts, and there are many who think that Conway Morris’s argument about the inevitability of humans or humanoids is only an opinion, and a dodgy, biased one at that. Our body shape clearly works well for an intelligent, tool-using, sentient animal, but where is the convincing evidence that it is the only possible body shape for such a creature, or the most likely one to evolve in distantly related, or unrelated, organisms? I’m afraid I can’t help but see promotion of ‘magic human syndrome’ in Conway Morris’s arguments (this being the widespread belief that humans are the most wonderful, most perfect creatures in all of existence)."
http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzool...art-dinosaurs/
Quite possible, in fact maybe probable, considering that "Earth-like" worlds in other star systems likely won't be exactly "like" Earth; i.e. a "second planet" sized satellite/moon with it's tidal effects and/or Plate Tectonics of two diverse types of crust producing deep trenching and high mountain ranges as result of plate "collisions". Basically worlds with "milder" and less dramatic geology and climatogy than seen on Earth.

This is part of what I'm addressing in the "Earth is not the Metric" thread. The two "abnormal" factors of a large satellite/Moon and Plate Tectonics (dicotomy) would seem to be factors not always considered by the "exobiologists".

The concept of reptilian form "humanoids" is something broached back in 1984-1985 in the TV series "V", about an Alien/ET conquest of Earth;
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V_%281984_TV_series%29

The concept also has some traction among a faction of UFOlogy, advocated by David Icke, et. al., that the "Reptilians" are here already and secretly running things behind the scenes;
http://www.davidicke.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Icke
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