Summary: What sets Zecharia Sitchin apart from others who have written books on similar topics is his academic background and the amount of research he did ( 30 years ) before he published his first book, "The 12th Planet", back in 1976.
What possibly fills in a big chunk of the puzzle about how the human race came about and how civilisation started can be found in the excellent work of Zecharia sitchin. A lot of people who are interested in ufology are all too familiar with the books by Erich Von Daniken but many are still totally unfamiliar with the work of Zecharia Sitchin in the form of his excellent series of books titled "The Earth Chronicles".
What sets Zecharia Sitchin apart from others who have written books on similar topics is his academic background and the amount of research he did ( 30 years ) before he published his first book, "The 12th Planet", back in 1976. Born in Russia and raised in Palestine, Zecharia Sitchin acquired a profound knowledge of modern and ancient Hebrew, the old testament, other Semitic and european languages, the history and archaeology of the near east and is one of the few scholars today able to read and understand Sumerian.
CRADLE OF CIVILISATION
Using the archaeological findings in the form of drawings, texts and atifacts left by the ancient people who once occupied Mesopotamia, the "cradle" of civilisation, Sitchin has found evidence which suggests that what we now regard as "myths" may have actually happened just as the ancient people of Mesopotamia believed and that the "gods" who were worshipped by the ancient people were indeed real and had a hand in us being who we are today.
Civilisation began as if out of nowhere almost 6000 years ago in the land known as Sumer ( the biblical Shin'ar ) which is situated on the plain between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, today's iraq, and thanks to archaeology we've now discovered that places mentioned in the bible and previously regarded as myth actually did indeed exist. Also due to the discovery of thousands of texts from all over Mesopotamia it has been found that books such as the old testament and others are actually extremely edited versions of much earlier Mesopotamian texts, an example being the biblical tale of the deluge and it's hero Noah which is just a later version of an earlier Sumerian tale in which Noah is called Ziusudra.
In his books sitchin presents the evidence which he has found which if true has extremely far reaching implications for all mankind. He has found that the ancient people of Sumer had the knowledge of a full solar system ( as demonstrated on a clay tablet which is at least 4,500 years old ) with all the outer planets which are recent discoveries including Uranus which was found in 1781, Neptune in 1846 and Pluto which was discovered by Clyde William Tombaugh only in 1930.
Also the Sumerians knew of the existence of one extra planet which is also shown on a clay tablet which they referred to as Nibiru, literally meaning "planet of the crossing" which was later called marduk by the babylonians. According to the ancient records Nibiru was drawn into our early solar system and one of it's moons collided with a planet called Tiamat breaking it in two in which one half became the asteroid belt ( the firmament as it's called in the bible ) and the other became Earth.
Nibiru, the 12th member of our solar system, according to the records returns to our solar system passing between Mars and Jupiter once every 3,600 years due to it's long comet like orbit and it was from this planet that the Sumerians asserted that the seed of life was brought. Modern astronomical findings are slowly starting to corroborate the ancient creation epics and the search for an extra planet continues as Pluto's mass is insufficient to account for the perturbations of Neptune.
Also the sumerians stated that it was from this planet that the Annunaki ( meaning "those who from heaven to earth came" ) came to earth and it was from them that the Sumerians had learnt all they knew. They stated that the Annunaki, or Nefilim as they are called in chapter 6 of Genesis, created man originally to serve themselves. The texts state that the Annunaki had come to earth to mine gold which was needed for Nibiru's deteriorating atmosphere and whilst they were working in the mines in africa they mutinied and the problem was eventually solved by Enki ( known as Ea in Akkad ) around 300,000 years ago who came up with the solution of creating a primitive worker by crossing themselves with a hominid to create a hybrid .
Thus we were created in their likeness although we didn't inherit their longevity as one year to them is 3,600 of our years thus making them seem just about immortal compared to us.
The rough date of our beginnings 300,000 years ago has in recent years been corroborated by modern science. research done on the mitochondrial dna ( which is passed down unaltered from mother to daughter ) of 147 women of different races and geographical backgrounds by Rebecca Cann of the University Of California concluded that the mitochondrial dna was so similar that they all had a common female ancestor who had lived between 300,000 and 150,000 years ago.
Further research showed that the mitochondrial dna from African women was the oldest which showed that we had a sole female ancestor who had lived in Africa between 290,000 and 140,000 years ago. The date also coincided with the fossil evidence found by paleoanthropologists for the time that homo sapiens had suddenly appeared.
No small article could attempt to do Zecharia Sitchin's books the justice they deserve so if you want to find out more about our extraterrestrial ancestors and where they came from then all of his books a must.