I am very open to certain elements of the Ancient Astronaut theme, but I also feel quite strongly about the thesis that I present in my Worlds Before Our Own, (Putnam, 1978) that we have had plenty of time for more than one evolution on this planet and that an advanced terrestrial culture thriving in a world before our own on Earth could have built all those wonders.
As early as 250 million years ago, these reptilian Star Gods visited our planet and began efforts to accelerate the evolution of certain terrestrial amphibians and reptiles in an attempt to replicate their own culture on Earth. When these experiments in genetic engineering failed, they made a decision to focus upon evolving mammals. […] For whatever reason, they made a decision to accelerate the normal process of evolution and to fashion a rational creature before its time.
I’m sure most of you remember the discussion I’ve had recently about the Fallen Angels and the relationship of Genesis 6 (“there were giants in the earth in those days…”) and how this is related to Near Eastern stories of the Heroes as well as the old idea that earth was decaying from its former greatness. Well, Steiger has a different take, lifted point-for-point from Chariots of the Gods and the 1960s UFO-Bible theorizers:
If those allegedly smitten sons of God were actually extraterrestrial scientists conducting experiments on female members of the developing strain of Homo sapiens, rather than decadent heavenly beings sinning with Earth's daughters, they might well have been carrying out the directive to provide nascent humankind with a genetic boost.
I should also mention that Steiger mistakenly states that the Book of Enoch claims that Noah’s mother was accused of infidelity with an angel, but this is actually the Genesis Apocryphon, the same text that gave Erich von Däniken so much trouble because its extremely fragmentary state makes it very hard to draw solid conclusions about the fine details of its content, let alone any extraterrestrials lurking in the lacunae.
If Steiger's Examiner interview is anything to go on, his newest book looks to be even more discredited lies from the never-ending recycling program that is "alternative" history.