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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
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# 28
03-01-2011, 05:52 PM
Originally Posted by USS Parallax
An advanced civilization would never be able to have all the evidence lost on it.

1) Advanced civilizations would likely never limit themselves to living only on a small portion of the available land. The thing so would be ridiculous. That's like humans only living in California when everything else is available.
They'd have cities around the globe.

2) Not all of the earth has been destroyed by tectonic movements and the like.. Some of the earth has been untouched for millions of years. Yes, since the dinosaurs. It's impossible that all of the cities and stuff would be destroyed because not near all of the earth's land has.

3) Advanced civilizations will most likely NOT have houses made of mud but instead of steel and other metals which WOULD leave evidence on land. They wouldn't be in perfect shape or anything but there would be some minute amounts of evidence at least. Like globs of certain elements and mineral sand very specific patters.
Ancient cities don't last long because they were made of mud, rocks and even grasses.

Now, if for some reason this WARP CAPABLE civilization didn't leave the freakin' "now under the tectonic plate" peninsula and only made their buildings and tech out of mud then maybe it's possible. But that's just stupid and completely implausible.
There's also the issue that, if there was an industrialized world civilization for a prolonged period of time, we'd see weird abnormalities in the fossil record, with seemingly well-adapted species vanishing overnight in the face of minor environmental changes, the spontaneous emergence of species from different continents in areas they could not have migrated to (like South American terror birds in Europe), and the sudden appearance of archaic species from the Mesozoic (from the sunken island continent the Voth come from).

I suppose there is wiggle room for this in the story. After all, we only met up with Prof. Gegen once he was on Voyager's trail. We never found out all the ins and outs of his evolutionary theory, or even what the mainstream Voth doctrine is. It could be that a Preserver origin story is entirely possible; the Voth were transplanted to the Delta Quadrant millions of years ago, they went into space, developed the doctrine, and Gegen found some anomalies in the fossil record (and maybe a few Preserver artifacts) that convinced him to look for any trends in galactic species distribution regarding Voth-resembling DNA, and got lucky by stumbling onto a human ship.

You know, polish this up and it might make a fine novel.