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Erich von D√É¬§niken is a controversial Swiss author best known for his books which present claims of evidence for extraterrestrial influences on early human culture, most prominently Chariots of the Gods?, published in 1968. Von D√É¬§niken is one of the key figures responsible for popularizing the paleocontact and ancient astronaut hypotheses.
Von D√É¬§niken is a co-founder of the Archaeology, Astronautics and SETI Research Association. He developed a theme park called Mystery Park in Interlaken, Switzerland.
His 26 books have been translated into more than 20 languages, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide, and his documentary TV shows have been viewed around the world.
Building on previous works by other authors (including Italian Peter Kolosimo), von D√É¬§niken claimed that intelligent extraterrestrial life exists and has entered the local Solar System in the past, and that evidence of this past contact is abundant. He also claims that human evolution may have been manipulated through means of genetic engineering by extraterrestrial beings.