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At the end of Prometheus one sees a creature that looks surprisingly like the xenomorph alien.

Does that scene show the actual origin of it? Does it contradict the version from AVP1 (Alien vs. Predator) where one is told predators use the xenomorphs for "coming of age" ceremonial purposes?

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I don't know for a fact, but it doesn't necessarily have to. The Engineers may have simply created an easily deploy-able, weaponized form of the alien life form that the Predators had been hunting. – Xantec Nov 30 '12 at 17:43
What was the timing though? Prometheus was 2089, ... i don't recall what year AvP was supposed to take place. – eidylon Nov 30 '12 at 17:46
just because Predator's use them doesn't mean they are the orgin of them. :O – zipquincy Nov 30 '12 at 17:51
Are you talking about the AvP comic books or the movie? – CamelBlues Nov 30 '12 at 18:17
similar question is present here… – Ankit Sharma Dec 1 '12 at 13:21
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No it does not. The opening sequence of the movie indicates the Engineers have existed for quite some time. it is implied they gave the genetic material which became all life on Earth. This fact alone makes their species very old indeed. Even if the Predators had been using the Xenomorphs for a long time as AVP suggests (20,000 years at least) the Engineers have been around for at least 1000 times that long.

When we meet the Engineers and their technology in Prometheus, it is clear the creature or some variant of the xenomorph is already known to the Engineers. It is part of the bas relief on the wall of the giant head room (see below). If we are to assume the Engineers are the artists (which there is neither confirmation or denial of) for that art to exist, someone had to know something about the creature and presumably its lifecycle.

Xenomorph Bas Relief

Xenomorph Bas Relief in Giant Head Chamber

If the Engineers did not create the art, then perhaps they did NOT know about the xenomorphs but seeing how the creatures came from the development of the Black Ooze in a human host, which then is transferred to another human, gestates in the body of the second human, is extracted and eventually uses a third alien to come into existence, AND the Engineer's ship is filled to the brim with canisters of the Black Ooze, it is safe to assume even if the aliens did NOT create the bas reliefs, they knew the potential of the Black Ooze and its inevitable results.

It is safe to assume the Engineers know the origin of the Xenomorphs even if they did not specifically create them.

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that i call a good answer, thank you very much! – Valerij Dec 1 '12 at 16:25
Why 1000 times 20,000 years? Life has existed on Earth for at least 2 and probably 3.8 billions years. – ThePopMachine Dec 17 '13 at 23:01

The comics have made reference to the fact the the Engineeers did in fact create the Xenomorph species and, like the film suggests, use them to eliminate unwanted lifeforms from the universe.

Some comics have run stories explaining that the Xenomorphs were originally created to eradicate the Predator species as the Engineers thought their species unworthy of life. However, as the Predators are a race who live for the hunt, they found this as just another challenge, and adopted it as their rite of passage into adulthood.

Since the engineers have already developed a formidable biological weapon, it makes sense they would use them to destroy other ''unworthy'' lifeforms. The Xenomorph which emerges from the engineer at the end of the film looks different to the Xenomorphs we have usually have seen on screen because the Xenomorph species borrows characteristics from each host impregnated with an embryo - as we've seen in AvP2 with the pred-alien and the dog-alien.

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My belief is there was a war between the predators and the engineers, and to stop the war they created the aliens as a sort of peace offering something the predators lived for a great hunt.

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Do you have any evidence to support this belief? – Rand al'Thor May 15 at 1:37
The Engineer that was in stasis had been there for a very long time about 2,000 yrs or so and if that's the case the Xenomorph's have been around for quiet some time according to AvP so why create something like that if you can't control it, the only good weapons are ones you can control so I don't buy the whole Xenomorph being used as a weapon to kill off unworthy species scenario. – Richard May 15 at 2:54
And since the Predator's consider the Xenomoph's the ultimate hunt, why??? because they were created as the ultimate species for the Predator's to hunt. In my opinion anyway. – Richard May 15 at 2:58
Perhaps you should edit this explanation into your answer to prevent further downvotes. (Note: I didn't downvote.) – Rand al'Thor May 15 at 11:00

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