Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 26th, 2010
The Sitchin website is newly informing the world that “Zecharia Sitchin passed away on the morning of October 9th. A small, private family funeral was held the next day.”
The radical thinker died at the age of 90.
“The family asks that you respect its privacy during this difficult time and refrain from contacting family members directly. Instead, to offer tributes to Mr. Sitchin or to contact those handling his affairs, please…send a letter to P.O. Box 577, New York, NY 10185.”
Zecharia Sitchin (born July 11, 1920 – died October 9, 2010) was an author of books promoting an explanation for human origins involving ancient astronauts. Sitchin attributes the creation of the ancient Sumerian culture to the Anunnaki, which he claims to be a race of extra-terrestrials from a planet beyond Neptune called Nibiru. He believed this hypothetical planet of Nibiru to be in an elongated, elliptical orbit in the Earth’s own Solar System, asserting that Sumerian mythology reflects this view.
According to the Skeptic’s Dictionary, Sitchin’s work have been ridiculed by professional scientists, historians, and archaeologists. For more, see here.
Within the context of fringe cryptozoology, Sitchin will be remembered for his thoughts as noted in his book, There Were Giants Upon the Earth: Gods, Demigods, and Human Ancestry: The Evidence of Alien DNA, (Bear & Company, 2010).
Since 1976, Zecharia Sitchin promoted the idea that a “12th planet” called Nibiru swings past Earth every three thousands years or so. This 12th planet, he said, is the home of a group of aliens, known as Annunaki in Sumerian scriptures and the Nephilim that were mentioned in the Bible. These aliens crossed their DNA with the native hominids of the time, creating mankind as we know it. He suggested that ancient Yeti and other hairy hominoids are evidence of these unions.
Mainstream cryptozoologists have been uncomfortable with Sitchin’s theories.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.