6.10 – ALIENS & INSECTS (3.7.14)

ANT PEOPLE [11c]

Cambridge University, England. 2013. Using a high-speed camera with intense magnification, scientists from the department of zoology record the movement of a plant-hopping insect called Issus. Examining the footage, they make a shocking discovery. The movement of the Issus is powered by mechanical gears. It is the world’s first evidence of mechanical gearing in a biological structure. This natural cog mechanism allows the Issus to make powerful jumps, with the gear teeth on the opposing hind-legs locking together like those in the gearbox of a car, ensuring almost complete synchronicity of leg movement. But how did a biological entity develop mechanisms that appear manmade?

“Insects are essentially evolution’s Tinkertoy set. Insects were the first animal group to evolve the ability to fly on their own power. Insects have an exoskeleton, which is almost like a living armor.”

– Gene Kritsky, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Biology, College of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine)

In terms of sheer numbers, insects are by far the most dominant life-form on Earth, and with over one million different species, they also remain the most mysterious.

“Insects appeared on the Earth over 400 million years before humans appeared on the Earth. They were incredibly successful, well before the age of the dinosaurs, and a long time before humans.”

– Gene Kritsky, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Biology, College of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine)

“About half of the living creatures on the planet belong to the group of insects. They’ve really found ways to inhabit just about every ecological niche in nature. They have compound eyes, which, in some cases, they can see into the ranges that humans cannot, like ultraviolent.”

– Ian Recchio
(Curator of Invertebrates & Reptiles, Los Angeles Zoo)

“They have a very sophisticated sensory system that makes them different from what we can perceive. For example, insects taste, smell, and feel with the hairs on their body. When they land on you, they’re smelling you, they’re tasting you, they’re feeling you. There are upwards of a million species of insects evolved so far. So, we may think of ourselves as being special, but in reality, insects are the most successful animal group that’s ever evolved.”

– Gene Kritsky, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Biology, College of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine)

In the more than 400 million years that insects are believed to have existed, no bug has thrived more than the ant.

“Ants are among the most successful animal groups that we see on the face of the Earth. One out of every four individual animals on the face of the Earth is an ant. Ants are incredible insects. And they’re highly evolved.”

– Gene Kritsky, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Biology, College of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine)

In size and appearance, ants and humans could not be more different. But interestingly, in many ways, these tiny bugs are more like us than any other creature in the animal kingdom.

“Ants have a social system where they have a division of labor. You have a reproductive queen. You have males that will mate with the queen. You have sub-reproductives that can leave the colony and start new colonies. Then you’ve got a series of workers. And then there specialized workers that are soldiers, that can actually protect the colony if they’re under attack. So, they’re rather intriguing with regard to their behavior.”

– Gene Kritsky, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Biology, College of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine)

But how is it that the behavior of ants mirrors that of humans in so many ways? Is it simply coincidence? Or could ants and humans be more closely related than we think?

Ancient Greece. In both Homer’s Iliad and Ovid’s Metamorphoses, there is a group of warriors known as the  Myrmidon, who are born of mysterious origins. According to the Ovid, King Aeacus of Aegina pleads with the god Zeus to repopulate his plague-ravaged country. That night, he dreams that ants fall from the branch of a tree and turn into men. He awakes the next morning to find his dream has come true.

“The story of the Myrmidons is that they were ants made into warriors. They were said to have fought with Achilles at Troy and they were very effective.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“The descriptions of the Ant People are very, very accurate in terms of the behavior of the insect the ant itself. They were very loyal, they moved together as one, almost at a hive mentality.”

– Michael Bara (Author, The Choice),
(Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA),
(Ancient Aliens on the Moon), (Ancient Aliens on Mars),
(Ancient Aliens and Secret Societies)

“The Myrmidons were thought to be the first to develop ships, and to sail under their own power. This ability to be organized like an army, comes from ants marching in a nice linear fashion. The idea about being the first to sail comes from the ant’s ability to raft. Ants will get on the surface tension of water and lock legs, other ants will climb on top, and this little mound of ants will float around on the surface of water. In the case of the Myrmidons, these were fierce warriors. They were well-trained, they were organized just like ants.”

– Gene Kritsky, Ph.D.
(Prof. of Biology, College of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine)

“These descriptions are so vivid and so accurate in terms of the ants’ behavior that what Zeus seems to have done is actually some sort of genetic crossbreeding between humans and insects in order to create this army of ant people. You’re dealing with an extremely advanced technology that really, really understands how to use genetic manipulation to create new species.”

– Michael Bara (Author, The Choice),
(Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA),
(Ancient Aliens on the Moon), (Ancient Aliens on Mars),
(Ancient Aliens and Secret Societies)

Is it possible that the Myrmidons depicted in the ancient Greek stories were actually some type of ant-and- human hybrid, manufactured by an alien being? Ancient Astronaut Theorists claim further evidence that ants may have a connection to extraterrestrials can be found in stories throughout numerous cultures. In the Muslim holy book, the Quran, there is a story of ants speaking like humans. In parts of Africa, ants are considered to be the messengers of the gods. And Native American tribes, like the Hopi and Zuni, tell stories of the Ant People who emerge from beneath the Earth.

“The Ant People is a very interesting subject when it comes to looking at the Hopi belief system. Ant people, number one, are caretakers of the Earth.”

– Chris O’Brien (UFO Investigator),
(Author, Stalking the Trickster)

Unlike the Myrmidons of Greek mythology, the Ant People of the Native American stories don’t just behave like ants, they resemble them as well.

“They have spindly arms, they have antennae. They have elongated skulls. These are clearly a merging of the human and the insect. They are not simply a fable or a parable.”

– Gary A. David (Author, The Orion Zone),
(Author, Starshrines & Earthworks of the Desert SW)

“If one explores the question of insectoid alien life then my question is why not? Because if life is pervasive throughout the entire Universe, then that life comes in all shape, size, and color. So, the idea that insectoid aliens might exist is very possible to me. However, I think the idea came from our ancestors witnessing physical features that made them look like ants or could be best described as ants.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“If we look at the face of an ant, we look at the head of an ant, we see large, buggy eyes widely spaced on the face, and a large head. So, this could be an illustration of people seeing beings like what we now call the Greys, and associating it with something that’s familiar to them.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

Is it possible that the Ant People that appear in both Greek and Native American mythology were really Grey aliens? Or might they even be human-insect hybrids engineered by otherworldly beings? Perhaps the answer can be found in the accounts of those who claim to have been victims of alien abductions.

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