It’s the age old discussion of man that has and will always spark up controversy when discussed in today's time and in the future to come- How did man come to existence. From The religious stand point of us all being created by a higher being (God) and in some religions even multiple gods (polytheistic) one thing is for certain…we don’t have enough clues to have a definitive answer. Speculation that we were brought to this earth maybe from another civilization is popular, like a type of slave nation that would eventually be taken over and controlled by another being. But what thing’s for certain, we didn’t just “poof” here to this planet we know as earth out of know where…or did we..( http://youtu.be/HY-03vYYAjA) Many of the theories of our being come from the thoughts and ideas of those who lived long before us…many cultures went towards the elements, as did the Egyptians and Mayans, cultures very oriented toward polytheism(belief of many gods). Those who believed that we went through human evolution which refers to the genus(scientific category) Homo..believe we may have come from primates or some sort of monkey. But studies of human evolution usually include other hominids, such as the Australopithecus, from which the genus Homo had diverged by about 2.3 to 2.4 million years ago in Africa. Aside from aspects of evolution , we see some of the earliest documented acts of religion dating to...well...whatever you may believe as well. Alot of people state that Judaism may have been one of the earliest forms of religion and the foundation for many other religions today, dating back as far as Th3000 years, the equivalent to around china began forming it's country. but this really all comes down to what you feel as a person is "religion" in the years leading to Christ(Ado Domini) we see some cave art that shows that the Neanderthal-like new humans to earth thought of there surroundings as all being gods, that when pleased, would lead to prosperous outputs of food and nourishment, and when displeased would lead to some terrors that we call natural disasters today. Today, what may have been believed as works of the gods in the Ado Domini period, is categorized as weather...changes in barometric Pressure, Lightning, even Rain Storms...considered Rewards and Punishments from the Gods. Greek Philosophy saw a Polytheistic view as well, But had one centralized God of the Gods (controller of chaos if you will) who kept the gods in line and made overall decisions. But there gods were more of culture and surrounding life control, the changes and shifts of attitude and emotion believed to be the work of gods in there eyes as well(Examples--Aphrodite the goddess of love and beauty, and apollo The god of music, healing, plague, prophecies, poetry, and archery).