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Debunking Ancient Aliens: The Tolima Artifacts and Ancient Aircraft
The series premier of Ancient Aliens on the History Channel covers a vast array of pieces of evidence of alien encounters in human history. This article focuses on the golden artifacts made by the Tolima people of Columbia in South America. About a dozen of these golden artifacts bear resemblance to modern day air and space crafts. But how similar are they really? And does their existence really support the ancient aliens theory?
The Tolima Artifacts
First, lets examine the Tolima artifacts. On your right, you'll see one example that received attention in the History Channel series Ancient Aliens. Giorgio Tsoukalos explains that, because these artifacts do not resemble insects -- on the grounds that no insect has wings below its body -- the most logical conclusion is that the Tolima people created these artifacts based upon either alien aircraft they witnessed or technology they had that was lost.
It's true, this artifact does bear strong resemblance to an airplane of some sort. But man has dreamt of flight, across cultures and throughout the ages -- the key here being 'dreamt.' Dreams and imagination are a skill possessed by all cultures. Isn't it possible that the Tolima people, with their imaginations, came up with an unusual looking creature, all of their own accord?
Let's step back a minute. Ancient Aliens explains that there were hundreds of these figurines found. Most of them were clear representations of fish and animals. In size, they measure about two to three inches.
Now, look closely at our examples. In our first figurine, we clearly have eyes. The second figurine has what look like either eyes or antennae. But there are other characteristics that should remind you of animals in these figurines. In our first example, look at the back -- the "fins" seem to resemble frog legs. The wings have lines, reminiscent of feathers. There is even what one might interpret to be a tail.
Isn't it possible that these figurines are simply imaginative representations of fictitious creatures?
The largest flaw in the argument presented by Giorgio Tsoukalos and his fellow ancient astronaut hypothesis believers lies in their desire to prove that these figurines are actually replicas of machines capable of flight and demonstrate great scientific knowledge among the ancient peoples of the world. They take the measurements, blow them up, make some alterations, and viola -- flight!
But remember the size of these figurines? Just a couple inches! How did the ancient Tolima people make such incredibly accurate representations of these machines? Even if they were painstakingly accurate representations, shouldn't the hundreds of figurines depicting animal and fish life be equally exact? If so, wouldn't the believers on the show present such evidence to bolster their case?
A much more believable -- although that isn't saying much -- hypothesis would be that these ancient peoples were recreating crafts brought to earth by aliens. But that isn't even what Tsoukalos is arguing here! Instead, he argues that these weird looking figurines that could fit in the palm of a child's hand are actually scaled down versions of a piece of technology humans once had but have since lost.
The Tolima artifacts are a weak piece of evidence in the ancient aliens theory, but as always, Ancient Aliens twisted the truth and presented the information in a misleading and biased manner.