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* ''ComicBook/BlakeAndMortimer'' has LittleGreenMen that are actually the descendants of humanity after one nuclear world war too many. Where mankind has mastered the atom, they mastered ''time'', and are trying to alter the past so the Earth doesn't turn into an irradiated wasteland (unfortunately, their plan for this involves [[spoiler:bringing back Basam Damdu, the villain of the first book who managed to TakeOverTheWorld for a relatively long time]]).

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* In ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'', the Harmonians (including [[spoiler:Mike, Mary, and Lady Sally]]) are humans from the far, far, ''far'' future, sent back in time to make sure theirs is the future that comes to pass. While they still appear physically human, their psychology is markedly different from growing up in a true {{Utopia}}.


** One major example is the planet Jade, a world in AnotherDimension populated by dragons, werebeasts, and numerous other magical fantasy beings. The catch is [[spoiler:that Jade is actually an artificial world constructed by a race of {{Precursors}}, and NONE of the creatures living there now are native to it. Almost all of them originally came from Earth, and migrated to Jade when the AgeOfMagic was coming to an end.]]

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** One major example is the planet Jade, a world in AnotherDimension populated by dragons, werebeasts, and numerous other magical fantasy beings. The catch is [[spoiler:that Jade is actually an artificial world constructed by a race of {{Precursors}}, and NONE of the creatures living there now are native to it. Almost all of them originally came from Earth, and migrated to Jade when the AgeOfMagic [[TheTimeOfMyths Age of Magic]] was [[TheMagicGoesAway coming to an end.end]].]]

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** One major example is the planet Jade, a world in AnotherDimension populated by dragons, werebeasts, and numerous other magical fantasy beings. The catch is [[spoiler:that Jade is actually an artificial world constructed by a race of {{Precursors}}, and NONE of the creatures living there now are native to it. Almost all of them originally came from Earth, and migrated to Jade when the AgeOfMagic was coming to an end.]]


* Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story "Kid Stuff" features a civilization of insects who, apparently, are more ancient than the dinosaurs. For thousands of years, they lived alongside humans as "fairies", but a few centuries ago, when they saw that, despite their telepathic powers, MugglesDoItBetter, they had a bad case of inferiority complex and withdrew to a number of {{Hidden Elf Village}}s.
* Another story by Asimov, "Hostess", is based on the idea that [[spoiler:the aging process]] is due to [[spoiler:humanity being possessed by some kind of pure mind parasitic species. They can also infect alien races, which don't normally age... and die within a year once infected. Apparently, there is something about an alien mind that makes it worth the experience, even considering the risks of crossing interstellar distances without a starship.]]

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's short story "Kid Stuff" features a civilization Creator/IsaacAsimov:
** "{{Literature/Hostess}}": Old age is the result
of insects who, apparently, are more ancient than a MindVirus, carried by either a set of mindless pseudo-genes, or a [[EnergyBeings parasitic mind]] ([[OrwellianRetcon it had been republished with a few edits]]). The parasite is compared with the snake from the Garden of Eden.
** "Literature/KidStuff": Accourding to the elf, his race had evolved before even
the dinosaurs. For thousands of years, they lived alongside humans as "fairies", but a few centuries ago, when they saw that, despite their telepathic powers, MugglesDoItBetter, they had a bad case of inferiority complex and withdrew to a number of {{Hidden Elf Village}}s.
* Another story by Asimov, "Hostess", is based on the idea that [[spoiler:the aging process]] is due to [[spoiler:humanity being possessed by some kind of pure mind parasitic species. They can also infect alien races, which don't normally age... and die within a year once infected. Apparently, there is something about an alien mind that makes it worth the experience, even considering the risks of crossing interstellar distances without a starship.]]
[[Myth/KingArthur Avalon]].

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* The backstory of ''VideoGame/GirlsFrontline'' features the "Derelict" civilization. Very little is known about them, or even if Earth is their planet of origin, but their abandoned facilities that are scattered around the globe have yielded only one mummified corpse, that is at least compatible enough with Earth biology that their genome could be mapped and [[HalfHumanHybrids hybridized with human clones]] by a secret project (this appeared to yield no appreciable changes in the hybrids). Most believe they either went extinct or simply abandoned Earth.


The ultraterrestrials often reside inside the HollowEarth. Still others hang out in {{Atlantis}}, or a place that's said to be the inspiration for it. Compare/contrast TranshumanAliens. Often a form of {{Precursor}}. Inverse of HumanityCameFromSpace.

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The ultraterrestrials often reside inside the HollowEarth. Still others hang out in {{Atlantis}}, or a place that's said to be the inspiration for it. Compare/contrast TranshumanAliens.TranshumanAliens and TransplantedHumans. Often a form of {{Precursor}}. Inverse of HumanityCameFromSpace.

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* In Creator/DeanKoontz's short story ''Hardshell'' the [[spoiler:titular]] character and his species are neither aliens nor genetic experiments gone wrong, but evolved alongside humanity.

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* Implied with "The First People" in the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' saga (though it's also suggested The First are AdvancedAncientHumans): their origins are Earth-based, having created a pair of planetary defense systems called the "Gan Eden" to protect the Earth from TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, such as a meteor shower and the "[[Anime/{{Gunbuster}} STMC]]". While The First left with the Gan Eden pair to seed life on another planet in the galaxy, a fraction of them stayed on Earth to mingle with humanity; modern humans in the present of ''Alpha'' are The First's descendants, specifically those who are classified as "Psychodrivers", as they carry their ancestors' unique PsychicPowers.


* In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS3E22DistantOrigin Distant Origin]]", the starship encounters an ancient civilization of earth dinosaurs. However, the theory that dinosaurs originate on Earth quickly gets branded as heresy, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything since it conflicts with the dogma that they have always been in their current region of space]].

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* In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekVoyagerS3E22DistantOrigin Distant Origin]]", the starship encounters an ancient civilization of earth Earth dinosaurs. However, the theory that dinosaurs originate on Earth quickly gets branded as heresy, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything since it conflicts with the dogma that they have always been in their current region of space]].


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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'': In "Double Helix", a seemingly alien race seeded Earth with their DNA about 60 million years ago, which eventually resulted in the evolution of humanity. The sequel "The Origin of Species" reveals that the race in question was the first intelligent species to evolve on Earth and that they eventually left the planet and returned aeons later.


* The Dinosaur Empire (highly evolved survivors of when PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs) in ''Manga/GetterRobo''.

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': [[AllThereInTheManual Supplementary material]] shows that [[spoiler:this is true of the Angels (except for Adam and Lilith, which actually are extraterrestrial), they've just been asleep/dormant for the past several million years and Second Impact woke them up.]]

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': [[AllThereInTheManual Supplementary material]] shows that [[spoiler:this is true of the Angels (except for Adam and Lilith, which actually are extraterrestrial), they've just extraterrestrial) are from Earth and have been asleep/dormant for the past several million years and Second Impact woke them up.]]


The ultraterrestrials are an alien race that, well, isn't all too alien. In fact, they originate from Earth, just like us humans, but their civilization is so much older and more advanced than ours that they have no trouble hiding from us ([[TheWorldIsNotReady for whatever reason]]). The term was coined by the ufologist John Keel in his ''Operation Trojan Horse'' in 1970, wherein he claims that the [=UFO=]s, various supernatural phenomena (like Literature/{{the Mothman| prophecies}}), and [[AllMythsAreTrue religious myths]] imply the activity of an almighty High EnergyBeing co-existing with humans on Earth.

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The ultraterrestrials are an alien race that, well, isn't all too really alien. In fact, they originate from Earth, just like us humans, but their civilization is so much older and more advanced than ours that they have no trouble hiding from us ([[TheWorldIsNotReady for whatever reason]]). The term was coined by the ufologist John Keel in his ''Operation Trojan Horse'' in 1970, wherein he claims that the [=UFO=]s, various supernatural phenomena (like Literature/{{the Mothman| prophecies}}), and [[AllMythsAreTrue religious myths]] imply the activity of an almighty High EnergyBeing co-existing with humans on Earth.


** The revived series does a purer form of this trope with the Silence, [[spoiler:who have secretly ruled Earth "since the wheel and the fire"]], but always went unnoticed because you forget their existence as soon as they leave your field of vision. You don't just forget, but anything they say is treated as a post-hypnotic suggestion, including [[spoiler:"You should kill us on sight" spliced with the footage of the Lunar landing, meaning humans kill the Silence without ever knowing it]]. It was finally revealed that [[spoiler:the Silence actually fail to qualify for this, as they are time-travelling humans from the '''far future''', who were biologically altered by a religious cult]].

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** The revived series does a purer form of this trope with the Silence, [[spoiler:who have secretly ruled Earth "since the wheel and the fire"]], but always went unnoticed because you forget their existence as soon as they leave your field of vision. You don't just forget, but anything they say is treated as a post-hypnotic suggestion, including [[spoiler:"You should kill us on sight" spliced with the footage of the Lunar landing, meaning humans kill the Silence without ever knowing it]]. It was finally revealed that [[spoiler:the Silence actually fail to qualify for this, as they are time-travelling humans from the '''far future''', who were biologically altered by a religious cult]].cult to serve as confessional priests]].

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