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* The premise of both versions of ''Franchise/BattlestarGalactica'' is that humanity evolved on Kobol and Earth is one of thirteen colonies, the other twelve of which have maintained contact.
** Though in ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' it eventually turns out that [[spoiler: the audience lives on the second planet to be called Earth, the first one suffered the same fate as the other twelve colonies. "We" are apparently descended from a mix of refugees from all thirteen colonies and Earth II's native hominids.]]

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* The premise of both versions of ''Franchise/BattlestarGalactica'' is that humanity evolved on Kobol and Earth is one of thirteen colonies, the other twelve of which have maintained contact.
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contact. Though in ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' it eventually turns out that [[spoiler: the audience lives on the second planet to be called Earth, the first one suffered the same fate as the other twelve colonies. "We" are apparently descended from a mix of refugees from all thirteen colonies and Earth II's native hominids.]]



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* Downplayed in The ''Literature/GiantsSeries'', and the arguments about whether this is possible make up much of the plot of the first book, ''Inherit The Stars''. [[spoiler: Humans from Earth were taken to Minerva millions of years ago, and returned 50,000 years ago when Minerva was destroyed.]]


* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe, ''Homo habilis'' were actually Pak breeders, from a planet closer to the galactic core. In the "breeder" phase of their life they are about as smart as chimps (who also evolved from Paks, apparently) but in middle age they become able to eat a root called "The Tree of Life" that contains a virus which transforms them into superintelligent armored [[Literature/Protector Protectors]] single-mindedly obsessed with preserving their genes. When they colonized Earth it turned out that the soil couldn't support the Tree of Life and the Protectors died off, without them and their instinctive culling of mutants the Pak colony evolved into Earth's great apes.

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* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe, ''Homo habilis'' were actually Pak breeders, from a planet closer to the galactic core. In the "breeder" phase of their life they are about as smart as chimps (who also evolved from Paks, apparently) but in middle age they become able to eat a root called "The Tree of Life" that contains a virus which transforms them into superintelligent armored [[Literature/Protector [[Literature/{{Protector}} Protectors]] single-mindedly obsessed with preserving their genes. When they colonized Earth it turned out that the soil couldn't support the Tree of Life and the Protectors died off, without them and their instinctive culling of mutants the Pak colony evolved into Earth's great apes.


* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe, ''Homo habilis'' were actually Pak breeders, from a planet closer to the galactic core. In the "breeder" phase of their life they are about as smart as chimps (who also evolved from Paks, apparently) but in middle age they become able to eat a root called "The Tree of Life" that contains a virus which transforms them into superintelligent armored Protectors single-mindedly obsessed with preserving their genes. When they colonized Earth it turned out that the soil couldn't support the Tree of Life and the Protectors died off, without them and their instinctive culling of mutants the Pak colony evolved into Earth's great apes.

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* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe, ''Homo habilis'' were actually Pak breeders, from a planet closer to the galactic core. In the "breeder" phase of their life they are about as smart as chimps (who also evolved from Paks, apparently) but in middle age they become able to eat a root called "The Tree of Life" that contains a virus which transforms them into superintelligent armored Protectors [[Literature/Protector Protectors]] single-mindedly obsessed with preserving their genes. When they colonized Earth it turned out that the soil couldn't support the Tree of Life and the Protectors died off, without them and their instinctive culling of mutants the Pak colony evolved into Earth's great apes.


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* ''VideoGame/Doom3'' implies that we're the last survivors of a martian civilization that came to Earth to escape the demons that were wiping them out.

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* The later ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' games revealed that humanity once had a large space empire thousands of years ago but we're beaten back to the caveman level on Earth after a war with the [[{{Precursors}} Forerunners]].
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* In the made-for-TV movie ''Roswell: The Aliens Attack'', John reveals to Katie that Earth was settled by the crash-landed survivors of an interstellar prison transport. It escaped notice for a long time, being just another LostColony, until some interstellar rich guy bought rights to the planet and hired John and Eve to "exterminate the vermin" crawling all over it. It's heavily implied that this is what they do for a living. John infiltrates the Walker Air Force Base as a nuclear physicist from the Pentagon and uses his advanced tech to supercharge the atom bomb stored on the base to irradiate the entire surface of the planet. Then he falls for Katie and changes his mind. Side note: John and Eve are HumanAliens; TheGrey bodies found at the crash site were their genetically-engineered pilots.

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* In the made-for-TV movie ''Roswell: The Aliens Attack'', John reveals to Katie that Earth was settled by the crash-landed survivors of an interstellar prison transport. It escaped notice for a long time, being just another LostColony, until some interstellar rich guy bought rights to the planet and hired John and Eve to "exterminate the vermin" crawling all over it. It's heavily implied that this is what they do for a living. John infiltrates the Walker Air Force Base as a nuclear physicist from the Pentagon and uses his advanced tech to supercharge the atom bomb stored on the base to irradiate the entire surface of the planet. Then he falls for Katie and changes his mind. Side note: John and Eve are HumanAliens; TheGrey bodies TheGreys found at the crash site were their genetically-engineered pilots.


* In the made-for-TV movie ''Roswell: The Aliens Attack'', John reveals to Katie that Earth was settled by the crash-landed survivors of an interstellar prison transport. It escaped notice for a long time, being just another LostColony, until some interstellar rich guy bought rights to the planet and hired John and Eve to "exterminate the vermin" crawling all over it. It's heavily implied that this is what they do for a living. John infiltrates the Walker Air Force Base as a nuclear physicist from the Pentagon and uses his advanced tech to supercharge the atom bomb stored on the base to irradiate the entire surface of the planet. Then he falls for Katie and changes his mind.

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* In the made-for-TV movie ''Roswell: The Aliens Attack'', John reveals to Katie that Earth was settled by the crash-landed survivors of an interstellar prison transport. It escaped notice for a long time, being just another LostColony, until some interstellar rich guy bought rights to the planet and hired John and Eve to "exterminate the vermin" crawling all over it. It's heavily implied that this is what they do for a living. John infiltrates the Walker Air Force Base as a nuclear physicist from the Pentagon and uses his advanced tech to supercharge the atom bomb stored on the base to irradiate the entire surface of the planet. Then he falls for Katie and changes his mind.
mind. Side note: John and Eve are HumanAliens; TheGrey bodies found at the crash site were their genetically-engineered pilots.



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* In the made-for-TV movie ''Roswell: The Aliens Attack'', John reveals to Katie that Earth was settled by the crash-landed survivors of an interstellar prison transport. It escaped notice for a long time, being just another LostColony, until some interstellar rich guy bought rights to the planet and hired John and Eve to "exterminate the vermin" crawling all over it. It's heavily implied that this is what they do for a living. John infiltrates the Walker Air Force Base as a nuclear physicist from the Pentagon and uses his advanced tech to supercharge the atom bomb stored on the base to irradiate the entire surface of the planet. Then he falls for Katie and changes his mind.



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* In one series of novels (''can't recall the name''), the main characters eventually figure out that the Solar System used to be colonized by a race of native Martians, who mastered CasualInterplanetaryTravel and had some nifty tech but never figured out interstellar travel. Eventually, they were soundly defeated by an interstellar race, who allowed a few Martians to start over on Earth without any tech, while rendering Mars itself uninhabitable.



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* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'': It's revealed in the first series that humanity was created by a Precursor race known as the Protoculture, and were seeded on Earth rather than evolved on it. What exactly the Protoculture was planning on doing with humanity after creating them isn't clear: they were wiped out 20,000 years before the series started and no records of their plans have been found.


* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Probe 7 - Over and Out" an astronaut crash-lands on an uninhabited planet after his homeworld has a nuclear war, and shortly after meets a woman in a similar situation. Their names turn out to be Adam and Eve.

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* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "Probe 7 - Over and Out" an astronaut crash-lands on an uninhabited planet after his homeworld has a nuclear war, and shortly after meets a woman in a similar situation. Their names turn out to be Adam and Eve.


->''"Life out here began out there."''
-->-- '''Commander Adama''', ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''

Despite the considerable evidence that ''Homo sapiens'' evolved here on Earth it is tempting to hypothesize that our ancestors could have come from somewhere else. Not only were ancient humans [[AdvancedAncientHumans incredibly advanced]], they also had a star-spanning empire. And Earth is a LostColony of that empire, if not the last remnant of it.

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->''"Life out here began out there."''
-->-- '''Commander Adama''', ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''

''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978''

Despite the considerable evidence that ''Homo sapiens'' evolved here on Earth Earth, it is tempting to hypothesize that our ancestors could have come from somewhere else. Not only were ancient humans [[AdvancedAncientHumans incredibly advanced]], they also had a star-spanning empire. And Earth is a LostColony of that empire, if not the last remnant of it.


* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', the Centauri tried to pull a fast one by claiming that Earth is their LostColony. It didn't take long for human scientists to get a sample of Centauri DNA and expose the hoax.

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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', the Centauri tried to pull a fast one by claiming that Earth is their LostColony. It didn't take long for human scientists to get a sample of Centauri DNA and expose the hoax.hoax-at which point the Centauri explained it away by stating that, [[PlausibleDeniability given the nature of hyperspace travel and that they used to rule the space around Earth]], they mistook Earth for a lost colony that was in the area.


-->--'''Commander Adama''', ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''

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* ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes'': Earth was colonized 50,000 years ago by the mutinous crew of the Fourth Imperium warship ''Dahak'', which has been acting as the Moon ever since.
* The plot of Creator/EdmondHamilton's ''The Haunted Stars'' revolves around the discovery that humanity is descended from the vast interstellar empire. A true homeworld of humanity was Ryn, the third planet of Altair. That empire was destroyed by unknown powerful alien enemies.



* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe ''Homo habilis'' were actually Pak breeders, from a planet closer to the galactic core. In the "breeder" phase of their life they are about as smart as chimps (who also evolved from Paks, apparently) but in middle age they become able to eat a root called "The Tree of Life" that contains a virus which transforms them into superintelligent armored Protectors single-mindedly obsessed with preserving their genes. When they colonized Earth it turned out that the soil couldn't support the Tree of Life and the Protectors died off, without them and their instinctive culling of mutants the Pak colony evolved into Earth's great apes.

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* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/KnownSpace'' universe universe, ''Homo habilis'' were actually Pak breeders, from a planet closer to the galactic core. In the "breeder" phase of their life they are about as smart as chimps (who also evolved from Paks, apparently) but in middle age they become able to eat a root called "The Tree of Life" that contains a virus which transforms them into superintelligent armored Protectors single-mindedly obsessed with preserving their genes. When they colonized Earth it turned out that the soil couldn't support the Tree of Life and the Protectors died off, without them and their instinctive culling of mutants the Pak colony evolved into Earth's great apes.



* In ''Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes'' Earth was colonized 50,000 years ago by the mutinous crew of the Fourth Imperium warship ''Dahak'', which has been acting as the Moon ever since.
* In the ''Literature/{{Paratime}}'' multiverse timelines are assigned to "levels" based on whether the inhabitants remember humanity originally came from Mars.
* The plot of Creator/EdmondHamilton's ''The Haunted Stars'' revolves around the discovery that humanity is descended from the vast interstellar empire. A true homeworld of humanity was Ryn, the third planet of Altair. That empire was destroyed by unknown powerful alien enemies.



* In the ''Literature/{{Paratime}}'' multiverse, timelines are assigned to "levels" based on whether the inhabitants remember humanity originally came from Mars.



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* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', the Centauri tried to pull a fast one by claiming that Earth is their LostColony. It didn't take long for human scientists to get a sample of Centauri DNA and expose the hoax.



* In season 9 of ''Series/StargateSG1'' it turns out that the [[AdvancedAncientHumans Ancients]] weren't originally from Earth but came from a different galaxy altogether, and that they were fleeing a war with religious fanatics who have since then AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence like them, but unlike the Ancients they want to be worshiped.

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* In the final episode of ''Series/Space1999'' the Alphans come across a planet called Arkadia that hosts the ruins of a 25,000-year old human civilization, and they gradually figure out that it was humanity's original homeworld.
* In season 9 of ''Series/StargateSG1'' it turns out that the [[AdvancedAncientHumans Ancients]] weren't originally from Earth but came from a different galaxy altogether, and that they were fleeing a war with religious fanatics who have since then AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence like them, but unlike the Ancients they want to be worshiped.worshipped.



* In the final episode of ''Series/{{Space1999}}'' the Alphans come across a planet called Arkadia that hosts the ruins of a 25,000-year old human civilization, and they gradually figure out that it was humanity's original homeworld.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', the Centauri tried to pull a fast one by claiming that Earth is their LostColony. It didn't take long for human scientists to get a sample of Centauri DNA and expose the hoax.

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* In the final episode of ''Series/{{Space1999}}'' the Alphans come across a planet called Arkadia that hosts the ruins of a 25,000-year old human civilization, and they gradually figure out that it was humanity's original homeworld.
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', the Centauri tried to pull a fast one by claiming that Earth is their LostColony. It didn't take long for human scientists to get a sample of Centauri DNA and expose the hoax.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode ''"[[Recap/SouthParkS7E1Cancelled Cancelled]]''", all life on Earth is one big intergalactic Reality Show, in which different species from other planets had been brought together for the amusement of the viewing public. Notably Jews, Asians and Hispanics are said to be from different planets.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode ''"[[Recap/SouthParkS7E1Cancelled Cancelled]]''", "[[Recap/SouthParkS7E1Cancelled Cancelled]]", all life on Earth is one big intergalactic Reality Show, in which different species from other planets had been brought together for the amusement of the viewing public. Notably Jews, Asians and Hispanics are said to be from different planets.planets.

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