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The 12th Planet brings to life the Sumerian civilization, presenting millennia-old evidence of the existence of Nibiru, the home planet of the Anunnaki, and of the landings of the Anunnaki on Earth every 3,600 years, and reveals a complete history of the solar system as told by these early visitors from another planet.
Zecharia Sitchin's Earth Chronicles series, with millions of copies sold worldwide, deal with the history and prehistory of Earth and humankind. Each book in the series is based upon information written on clay tablets by the ancient civilizations of the Near East. The series is offered here, for the first time, in highly readable, hardbound collector's editions with enhanced maps and diagrams.
Zecharia Sitchin was born in Russia and raised in Palestine, where he acquired a profound knowledge of modern and ancient Hebrew, other Semitic and European languages, the Old Testament, and the history and archaeology of the Near East. He is distinguished by his ability to translate and interpret ancient Sumerianand other ancient texts. A graduate of the University of London, he worked as a journalist and editor in Israel for many years. He now lives and writes in New York City.
Of the evidence that we have amassed to support our conclusions, exhibit number one is Man himself. In many ways, modem man -- Homo sapiens -- is a stranger to Earth.
Ever since Charles Darwin shocked the scholars and theologians of his time with the evidence of evolution, life on Earth has been traced through Man and the primates, mammals, and vertebrates, and backward through everlower life forms to the point, billions of years ago, at which life is presumed to have begun.
But having reached these beginnings and having begun to contemplate the probabilities of life elsewhere in our solar system and beyond, the scholars have become oneasy about life on Earth: Somehow, it does not belong here. If it began through a series of spontaneous chemical reactions, why does life on Earth have but a single source, and not a multitude of chance sources? And why does all living matter on Earth contain too little of the chemical elements that abound on Earth, and too much of those that are rare on our planet?
Was life, then, imported to Earth from elsewhere?
Man's position in the evolutionary chain has compounded the puzzle. Finding a broken skull here, a jaw there, scholars at first believed that Man originated in Asia some 500,000 years ago. But as older fossils were found, it became evident that the mills of evolution grind much, much slower. Man's ancestor apes are now placed at a staggering 25,000,000 years ago. Discoveries in East Africa reveal a transition to manlike apes (horninids) some 14,000,000 years ago. It was about 11,000,000 years later that the first ape-man worthy of theclassification Homo appeared there.
The first being considered to be truly manlike --"Advanced Australopithecus" -- existed in the same parts of Africa some 2,000,000 years ago. It took yet another million years to produce Hom erectus. Finally, after another 900,000 years, the first primitive Man appeared; be is named Neanderthal after the site where his remains were first found.
In spite of the passage of more than 2,000,000 years between Advanced Australopithecus and Neanderthal, the tools of these two groups-sharp stones-were virtually alike; and the groups themselves (as they are believed to have looked) were hardly distinguishable. (Fig. 1)
Then, suddenly and inexplicably, some 35,000 years ago, a new race of Men -- Homo sapiens ("thinking Man")appeared as if from nowhere, and swept Neanderthal Man from the face of Earth. These modern Men -- named Cro-Magnon -- looked so much like us that, if dressed like us in modern clothes, they would be lost in the crowds of any European or American city. Because of the magnificent cave art which they created, they were at first called "cavemen." In fact, they roamed Earth freely, for they knew how to build shelters and homes of stones and animal skins wherever they went.
For millions of years, Man's tools had been simply stones of useful shapes. Cro-Magnon Man, however, made specialized tools and weapons of wood and bones. He was no longer a "naked ape," for he used skins for clothing. His society was organized; he lived in clans with a patriarchal hegemony. His cave drawings bespeak artistry and depth of feeling; his drawings and sculptures evidence some form of "religion," apparent in the worship of a Mother Goddess, who was sometimes depicted with the sign of the Moon's crescent. He buried his dead, and must therefore have had some philosophies regarding life, death, and perhaps even an afterlife.
As mysterious and unexplained as the appearance of Cro-Magnon Man has been, the puzzle is still more complicated. For, as other remains of modem Man were discovered (at sites including Swanscombe, Steinheim, and Montmaria), it became apparent that Cro-Magnon Man stemmed from an even earlier Hom sapiens who lived in western Asia and North Africa some 250,000 years before Cro-Magnon Man.
The appearance of modem Man a mere 700,000 years after Homo erectus and some 200,000 years before Neanderthal Man is absolutely implausible. It is also clear that Homo sapiens represents such an extreme departure from the slow evolutionary process that many of our features, such as the ability to speak, are totally unrelated to the earlier primates.
An outstanding authority on the subject, Professor Theodosius Dobzbansky (Mankind Evolving), was especially puzzled by the fact that this development took place during a period when Earth was going through an ice age, a most unpropitious time for evolutionary advance. Pointing out that Homo sapiens lacks completely some of the peculiarities of the previously known types, and has some that never appeared before, be concluded: "Modern man has many fossil collateral relatives but no progenitors!, the derivation of Homo sapiens, then, becomes a puzzle.
How, then, did the ancestors of modem Man appear some 300,000 years ago -- instead of 2,000,000 or 3,000,000 years in the future, following further evolutionary development? Were we imported to Earth from elsewhere, or were we, as the Old Testament and other ancient sources claim, created by the gods?
We now know where civilization began and how it developed, once it began. The unanswered question is: Why -- why did civilization come about at all? For, as most scholars now admit in frustration, by all data Man should still be without civilization. There is no obvious reason that we should be any more civilized than the primitive tribes of the Amazon jungles or the inaccessible parts of New Guinea.
But, we are told, these tribesmen still live as if in the Stone Age because they have been isolated. But isolated from what? If they have been living on the same Earth as we, why have they not acquired the same knowledge of sciences and technologies on their own as we supposedly have?
The real puzzle, however, is not the backwardness of the Bushmen, but our advancement; for it is now...
Posted December 10, 2008
I read this book in 1999 and found it to be extremely informative. I bought all 5 of the Cronicles. I found the other 4 books to be way out of my interest level. However in recent months I have found a renewed interest in the 12th Planet due to other materials surfacing. <BR/>The Mayan Calender indicates the end of this Age to be December 21, 2012. We are leaving the age of Pisces and entering the Age of Aquarius. The question becomes, is this the literal end of this earth or the end of this age. And with the end of this age,and the approach of Planet X what lies in store for us as inhabitants of this earth and if we are human experiments, will we be found worthy of further experimentation or will we be found to be a failed experiment and dismissed as were the dinasours. The Prime Directive if you will. The initial intent of our experimentors was to leave us wondering the earth after we served our purpose until we died out due to the fact we were incapable of reproduction. At that time, the natural process of evolution would take place. However due to one of the scientist from Planet X, we were given the ability to reproduce as well as the gift of Ego. Now here we are at the end of times not knowing what to believe. Do we follow the Myth of Religions and follow blindly the Mystical unseen saviors. As I call them (sheeple)or do we trust in our inner most feelings and inspirations. Do we begin to follow the only law I know to be all encompassing, which is Do unto others as we would have them do unto us.<BR/>History has indicated to us that the world has been destroyed many times and we are on the verge of finding out if this will happen again in our life time. That in a nutshell is why I find this book to be so pertinent to this generation. Don't read this book for pure entertainment, read it for information. Look around you at the signs of the times and take heed.<BR/>I trust I have not bored you with my beliefs. And please respond if for no other reason than communication and discussion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 9, 2006
I was very disapointed with this book. Although the author makes many valid historical/biblical points that give some credibility to alien intervention with the human race. There is no real information on the so called 12th planet. How it substains life going to far out into the galaxy and then coming in so close to our own sun would make life even remotely in human likeness a stretch, much less plant life. I do consider it possible that aliens have been with us for a long time, and agree that there is other life out there. I find this theroy a bit much, even if I keep an open mind.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 27, 2006
The institutions like for us to be unaware of what we have been before. Mr.Sitchin is a great man for devoting his life to revealing truth, and not accepting the path of least resistance.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 6, 2005
this book started me on a life long journey for the truth... not what organized religion or the government lie to us about... but the truth.. i have read all sitchin's books they are all outstanding!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 9, 2005
Astonishing as this book may seem, it actually makes sense. I do not know whether everything written in this book is 100% true. But all the information presented and the logic with which it is guided indicate that it is no nonsense that tha author is writing about. Very, very interesting. For the first time in my life I was able to look at the Bible in a logical way. I would recommend this book to anyone. Worth reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 10, 2004
Sitchen's findings and summations like a breath of fresh air make more sense than writings which are a compilation of myths blatantly adopted from other cultures, then written into a fable anticipateing science fiction, then called a Bible. To be revered, and not questioned lest you be dammed eternally. Folks, he makes more sense than what has been offered to me is such an ambigious confusing way. Great information, great conclusion. T.CallaWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 16, 2003
Posted February 1, 2003
The series of Books that "The 12th Planet" is in is an interesting take on a great ammount of interesting data. The information about technology being used in the past, is further proved. The conclusion that "aliens" brought us here in test tubes, or what not, is uncalled for, however. The data can be better interpreted as other more convincible arguments. Zecharia Sitchin has not concidered a more feisable hypothesis: He uses the Bible and quotes it occasionally. Why not continue with that idea. We were created by God, not from a test tube. Hundreds of years later "sons of God (Gen. 6)" (fallen angels/"aliens") came--perhaps around c.3000 BC--and 1)mated with Humans, and 2)gave us more technology, showing us astronomy/astrology and that explains why the Sumerians had so much knowledge of the solar system. Gods angels binded those Fallen angels (Jude 6, 2 Peter) and sent the flood to renew earth and quell sin. That is my thesis. I think that the evidence Mr. Stichin presents is a new age philosophy that may dillude peoples minds, as the Freemasons want, and he should reexamine his evidences and explore other more fiesable conclusions. My take on this book: Bad Conclusion; Good Information.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 15, 2002
This book has answered many of my questions that I have had over the years and opened my eyes to some new possibilities, and I believe, truths to the origin of man.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 27, 2001
What an incredible feeling to have that nagging age-old question in the back of your mind answered! I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in re-examining the roots of mankind and able to take a fresh look at the validity and meaning of the information in the bible.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 29, 2001
of all i've contemplated in my thirty-six years, and all the searching out of ideas, this thesis seems to me the closet to the truth of our origins. there will probably be further investigations/discoveries filling the rest of the pieces sometime soon. but for that man to have zeroed in on what he did, is astonishing. and then to have the corporate borg market it as sci-fi, instead of a scholarly effort? hmm....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 26, 2000
The first time I read this book was in the 80's. I find that Sitchin's theories are compelling and he has a very well defined interpretation of data according to his perspective. It is true there are many different interpretations of the same data most not including 'aliens' as the central characters. However, this author is obviously well researched and his work holds up under piercing scrutiny. Well worth reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 20, 2000
Sitchin is a scholar with a very interesting theory. He is an expert at reading ancient summerian tablets, but not at writing. For a better, more complete thought read Loyd Pye's Everything You Know is Wrong.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.