The Gene of Civilisation


Do the passages of Nibiru through the solar system coincide with evolutionary progress in humans?  Zecharia Sitchin has often maintained this idea in his writings.  If we could show such a correlation, then would it be proper to ask whether that ‘evolutionary progress’ is natural, or god-made?

Science is catching up with Mr Sitchin once again.  The secrets of the human genome are being revealed.  Sitchinites must be wondering when data will come to light that shows an unnatural development in our genetic make-up.  After all, if the gods, or Anunnaki, tinkered with our genes in the distant past, then geneticists should be picking up on the clues. 

Of course, geneticists are not the kind of people easily swayed by the arguments of the ancient astronaut theorists.  Minor anomalies in our human genetic development are going to be swept under the natural selection carpet.  It will take large scale anomalies to grab the attention of the biological boffins; to question their own scientific credo; to wonder whether external agents became involved in our shift from apes to men.

If such an anomaly coincided with a transit of Nibiru, would they pay attention?  Probably not.  But, more worrying still, would the Sitchinites? 

I’m afraid that I would be inclined to also say; “No!”


The Wrong Date 


This will amaze you, perhaps.  The problem is that the dates of the transit of Nibiru have become muddled.  In the Earth Chronicles, Zecharia Sitchin clearly describes a connection between the perihelion transit of Nibiru and the start of civilisation in Sumer.  He places the transit at about 4000BC, and narrows it down further to the beginning of the Nippur and Jewish, calendars at 3760BC.  This coincides with the state visit of Anu, as Mr Sitchin wrote plainly and clearly several times:

“And now that Nibiru had neared Earth again, the great Anu with his spouse Antu had come to Earth for a state visit, to see for himself where matters stood…Elam, in the highlands east and southeast of Sumer, was indeed one of the places where metallurgy had begun; and the mention of the prize booty, a cast weapon, confirms the archaeological evidence of a fully developed metallurgy in the ancient Near East soon after 4000BC…We can understand the urgency of bringing metallurgy at Uruk to perfection: it had to do with Anu’s forthcoming state visit…” (The Lost Realms, pp254-5)


“On that memorable night at Uruk, as soon as Nibiru had been sighted, the priests lit torches that were a signal to nearby villages.  There bonfires were lit, as signals to the neighbouring settlements; and soon the whole land of Sumer was aglow, celebrating the presence of Anu and Antu and the sighting of the Planet of the Gods.” (The Lost Realms, p267)

The 'Enuma Elish'


“The Jewish calendar, as I have repeatedly pointed out in books and articles, still adheres to the calendar of Nippur not only in its form and structure but also in its count of years.  In AD 1990 the Jewish calendar counts the year 5750; and it is not from “the creation of the world”, as the explanation has been, but from the start of the calendar of Nippur in 3760BC.  It was in that year, I have suggested in The Lost Realms, that Anu, Nibiru’s king, came to Earth on a state visit”.  (Genesis Revisited, p209)

I have quoted Zecharia Sitchin at length here because I want to make it quite clear how all these strands intertwine.  Through the first 6 books of the Earth Chronicles there is a pattern to the return of Nibiru as claimed by Sitchin, and it centres on its appearance in 3760BC. 

With an orbital period of 3600 years, that makes its last transit about 160BC, and the next due around 3440AD.  The implication of this is that genetic changes that occurred around these dates might have been directly as a result of the Anunnaki’s intervention.

However, somewhere along the way this last decade the waters got very, very muddy.  Nibiru was suddenly presumed to come back during our lifetimes.  2003AD was a date very popular in the alternative imagination for quite some time.  The whole Planet X phenomenon has since become connected with this date.  It has been an unmitigated disaster.  Why? Because it didn’t arrive, and the whole Planet X/Nibiru subject was entirely discredited. 

But Sitchin’s original work places Nibiru well beyond the sight of our telescopes.  It is near aphelion, it furthest point from the Sun.  This is vital to the scientific point I want to raise here.  This is because the new scientific thinking about sudden genetic modification in humans comes up with the same date as Sitchin’s original timeline; around 3,760BC.


If we continue to delude ourselves that Nibiru is on its way, then we will entirely miss the significance of this scientific discovery.  We will fail to appreciate the potential importance to the 12th Planet Theory of the genetic protein ASPM.  And if Sitchinites miss this, then how can we expect the scientific community to pause for thought?




Our brains are very large compared to our primate cousins.  They are typically three times larger than chimpanzees, with whom we share 97% of our DNA.  It seems as though the tremendous differences in potential of humans over and above apes is connected with this rapid expansion of brain capacity. 

Geneticists have narrowed their search for genes connected to brain growth.  They achieved this through the study of microcephalics, people with small brains which have resulted from a genetic disorder.  It has been realised that a particular protein named ASPM is needed to help the human brain grow.  Furthermore, this protein is linked to the dramatic increase in brain size which has occurred through the 6 million year old history of the human evolutionary pathway.

ASPM is a special gene in other ways.  It is very ancient, being about a billion years old.  It occurs in many, many life-forms on Earth, but in the case of humans the evolution of our brains accelerated sharply, and it is thought that ASPM is a central genetic player in this remarkable development.


Let’s pause for a moment and consider whether alien intervention in our brains may be linked in some way.  Yes, it’s clear to all that the brain capacity of our species expanded quickly.  The repercussions of the brain’s expansion are also obvious; we became socially superior, and were able to function together in increasingly large and more complex, specialised groups.  But, this is not normal on Earth.  No other species has gone through such sudden and dramatic changes.  It is not clear why it happened to humans alone, or at that particular moment in time.

Sitchin’s ideas break into new ground and offer a frightening concept, that of intervention by flesh and blood gods.  Our genes have not changed radically, remember, but our brain sizes did.  Perhaps "they" only needed to change the mechanism whereby our brains grew; to stimulate the production of the genetic protein ASPM.  That would be enough to create slaves able to work in a self-directed and intelligent way.

Here’s the exciting part of this analysis.  Scientists have discovered a new variant of ASPM.  10 percent of people on this planet already have it.  70% have the old variant, and the rest have a combination of the two.  30% of the population of the world carry this new variant protein, partially or in entirety.  Yet new variant ASPM is just 5,800 years old.  It arose around the time of what we would consider to be civilisation, during a very short window around 3,800BC:

"In the two Science papers, the researchers looked at variations of microcephalin and ASPM within modern humans. They found evidence that the two genes have continued to evolve. For each gene, one class of variants has arisen recently and has been spreading rapidly because it is favoured by selection.

"For microcephalin, the new variant class emerged about 37,000 years ago and now shows up in about 70 percent of present-day humans.

"For ASPM, the new variant class arose about 5,800 years ago and now shows up in approximately 30 percent of today's humans. These time windows are extraordinarily short in evolutionary terms...The ASPM variant coincides with the oldest-known civilization, Mesopotamia, which dates back to 7000 BC." (1)

The sudden introduction of ASPM into our genetic lineage occurred around the time of Anu’s state visit to Earth as described by Zecharia Sitchin.  This occurred around the time of Nibiru's appearance.  Which means that the passage of Nibiru is intimately connected not just with our rapid social development and evolution, but with actual physical changes in our genetic make-up.

Can the origins of this new variant ASPM be isolated in place, as well as time? 

"For haplogroup D of ASPM, they found that it occurs more frequently in Europeans and surrounding populations including, North Africans, Middle Easterners, and South Asians, and at a lower incidence in East Asians, New World Indians and sub-Saharan Africans." (1)

This analysis seems to point a finger towards Mesopotamia.  This population distribution certainly seems to favour such a possibility.  I believe this new research holds great promise for corroborating Sitchin's theories.  Were we stitched up with new genetic material?  What is it doing to us on an evolutionary level? These vital questions, at this time, have no exact answers...yet.



If the human genetic changes to to ASPM 5,800 years ago correlate exactly with a return of Nibiru, then shouldn't the more distant date of 37,000 years be relevant to Sitchin's work as well? 


37,000 years amounts to over 10 Sars.  If you include the first full one going back to 3760BC, then the next gap is about 9 Sars.  Now, this could simply correspond with 9 perihelion passages.  If the orbit of the Dark Star is actually 3 Sars (10,800 years) in length rather than 1, an idea I put forward in my book 'Dark Star', then there would still be a correlation. 

As our knowledge of human genetics builds, it will be interesting to see whether the discovery of further genetic changes creates a substantial chronology worthy of study.  My bet would be that such a chronology would have a simple pattern to it, with the gaps between genetic alterations relating to integer multiples of Sars.  I would therefore predict further changes to the human genome having occurred around 15,000BC and 26,000BC.


Written by Andy Lloyd, 12th August 2006

author of 'The Dark Star' (2005), 'Ezekiel One' (2009), 'The Followers of Horus' (2010) and 'Darker Stars' (2019)

Published by Timeless Voyager Press


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1) University of Chicago Hospitals "University of Chicago researchers find human brain still evolving" 8 September 2005 news

2) "What Makes us Human" Channel 4, 12 August 2006


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