If I recall it correctly, this book has two main characters, both male, one of them big and well muscled. During the novel, they found evidence that the current human race descends from ancient Martian astronauts who traveled to Earth in prehistory, causing the extinction of prehistoric Earth humans, (which explains the Missing Link in human evolution).

Later in the novel the big guy travels back in time (no idea of how or why) to Prehistory.

And near the end of the book, the other main character, during an archaeological field research, finds remains of a human being who lived thousand of years ago, a human with large bones, and who holds an item that could not be made in that era (a gold plaque? A metal rod?)

That's all I can remember. I know it is not from the ABC, Asimov, Bradbury or Clarke.

Thanks in advance.

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    Any chance you're thinking of "Inherit the Stars" by James Hogan? Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 19:16
  • Yes, Michael, it was!! Thank you very much! I read it when I was a child so I was wrong about some details... Im afraid I mislead you a bit :-/ But anyway you managed to find the right title!!! Thanks again!
    – Rasek
    Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 20:36
  • see also scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/35044/… for a question about the series
    – Otis
    Commented Oct 11, 2015 at 2:35
  • Please note that we don't retrospectively "fix" other people's story-id questions.
    – DavidW
    Commented Jun 19, 2019 at 22:56

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To clarify the OP description of the book Inherit the Stars by James Hogan: There are two main scientist characters who get called in when a 50000 year old human corpse in a spacesuit is found on the Moon. This corpse, called Charlie, has a diary that they start to interpret. This gives them lots of info about Charlie's life and times.

Charlie has a buddy, Koriel, who goes with him in his wartime adventures on the moon. He's the well-muscled fellow. It turns out the Moon used to orbit a different planet, in the current Asteroid belt, not Mars. That's where Charlie is from. Koriel was leading a group of survivors of the war across the Moon when Charlie died.

At the very end a different research team finds Koriel's body, on Earth with dogtags, which they throw away since no 50000 year old human would have such a thing.

  • Is this supposed to be an edit to the question or are you answering it? If this is an answer you forgot to include the title and author.
    – Xantec
    Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 20:59
  • Michael Stern gave me the title and author... What Oldcat has written are clarifications about all mistakes I did in my question... Im very sorry for them, but I had not read the book in like 20 years! :-) (Currently reading it again now) :-))
    – Rasek
    Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 21:11
  • @Xantec - I thought a clearer description of the book would help future readers here decide if they want to read it themselves. No reflection on Rasek intended. We've all had that story we forgot or confused details on. Kudos to Michael Stern for finding the answer.
    – Oldcat
    Commented Oct 7, 2015 at 21:17
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    Its been way to long since I read it. but I thought the Archaeologist found the casing of a watchband/bracelet, Not dog tags.
    – NJohnny
    Commented Jun 20, 2019 at 4:12
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    Agree with @NJohnyy. It was Koriel's watch/communicator wrist band the archeologist found. "Bah. Russian or some such."
    – JRE
    Commented Jun 20, 2019 at 7:32

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