Joined: Oct. 2009
One thing that a lot of people don't get (with the exception of a sub-group of science fiction authors) is the time involved.
Humans have these expectations of Vulcans and Mimbari and Asgardians that have roughly the same level of tech and exist at about the same time frame.
Human have been around for almost 200,000 years and had significant technology for less than 100 years. The dinosaurs were around for 135 million years and, without an accidental asteroid strike, would probably still be dominant creatures.
Given the huge number of variables involved, two intelligent species existing in the same general area at the same general time and at tech levels that are similar enough to allow communication are astronomically small (get it?... nevermind).
I think that archeologists are going to be much more useful for studying alien intelligences than biologists.
Ignored by those who can't provide evidence for their claims.