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Before Atlantis : 20 Million Years of Human and Pre-Human Cultures

By (author) Frank Joseph

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Exploring emerging and suppressed evidence from archaeology, anthropology, and biology, Frank Joseph challenges conventional theories of evolution, the age of humanity, the origins of civilization, and the purpose of megaliths around the world. He reveals 20-million-year-old quartzite tools discovered in the remains of extinct fauna in Argentina and other evidence of ancient pre-human cultures from which we are not descended. He traces the genesis of modern human civilization to Indonesia and the Central Pacific 75,000 years ago, launched by a catastrophic volcanic eruption that abruptly reduced humanity from two million to a few thousand individuals worldwide. Further investigating the evolutionary branches of humanity, he explores the mounting biological evidence supporting the aquatic ape theory--that our ancestors spent one or more evolutionary phases in water--and shows how these aquatic phases of humanity fall neatly into place within his revised timeline of ancient history. Examining the profound similarities of megaliths around the world, including Nabta Playa, Gobekli Tepe, Stonehenge, New Hampshire's Mystery Hill, and the Japanese Oyu circles, the author explains how these precisely placed monuments of quartz were built specifically to produce altered states of consciousness, revealing the spiritual and technological sophistication of their Neolithic builders--a transoceanic civilization fractured by the cataclysmic effects of comets. Tying in his extensive research into Atlantis and Lemuria, Joseph provides a 20-million-year timeline of the rise and fall of ancient civilizations, both human and pre-human, the evolutionary stages of humanity, and the catastrophes and resulting climate changes that triggered them all--events that our relatively young civilization may soon experience.

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • 30 Apr 2013
  • Inner Traditions Bear and Company
  • Bear & Company
  • Rochester
  • English
  • Original.
  • black & white illustrations, colour plates
  • 1591431573
  • 9781591431572
  • 265,730

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Frank Joseph was the editor in chief of Ancient American magazine from 1993 until 2007. He is the author of several books, including Advanced Civilizations of Prehistoric America and Before Atlantis. He lives in the Upper Mississippi Valley.

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"Thrilling. Exhilarating. I literally found myself swept up in the impressive scholarship of "Before Atlantis". It is tempting to pronounce this book as Joseph's masterpiece, but such an accolade somehow implies a finality, the apex of a career. This book is but another major achievement in Joseph's ever-growing library of brilliant works."

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