The idea of paleocontact appears in numerous science fiction stories and films, most notably in the first scene of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). But one can find many more as the Outlander (2008) based on an advanced man from space crashing on Earth during the Viking era and remaining with the Vikings as their king.
In The Thing (1982), an alien ship crashes in Antarctica in 100,000 B.C.E. A character later mentions Chariots of the Gods and the belief that the Incan civilization was developed by aliens. Also the Predator race from the movie Alien vs. Predator (2004) is described in the film as having traveled to Earth at a prehistoric time and having a human culture serve them as Gods.
The film The Fourth Kind (2009) mentions the idea that aliens contacted the ancient Sumerians and apparently features aliens speaking the Sumerian language and even the animation film Ice Age (2002) briefly shows an alien spacecraft trapped in ice during the Ice Age.
Mission To Mars (2000) tell us about the life-seeders and one of the most popular was Stargate (1994) featuring Ra, a member of the alien species Goa’uld that came to Earth around 8000 B.C., who enslaved the ancient Egyptians, creating their culture and religion, before eventually transporting thousands of them through the Stargate to offworld mining colonies.
Speaking of Stargate, SG1 became one of the greatest SCIFI series with 10 seasons featured aliens called the Ancients (alternatively Alterans, Lanteans, or Anquietas) who are found to have traveled to Earth millions of years ago to start and influence human evolution. Also featured the sinister Goa’uld, who posed as gods to enslave the humans; and the benevolent Asgard, who posed as gods to protect the humans.
Of course, X-Files, Doctor Who or Star Trek franchises introduced the Ancient Astronauts Hypothesis to global audiences who later became interested in paleocontact theories.
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