The Story of the Sphinx
In their new book "Origins of the Sphinx: Celestial Guardian of Pre-Pharaonic Civilization" Dr. Robert Schoch and Robert Bauval combine their decades of research in Egypt to show how the Sphinx is thousands of years older than the conventional Egyptological timeline and was built by a long forgotten pre-Pharaonic civilization.
In analyzing the evidence for a significantly older construction phase at Giza and the restoration and recarving of the Sphinx during the Old Kingdom era, they argue that the Sphinx was first built by an advanced pre-Pharaonic civilization that existed on the Giza Plateau circa 12,000 years ago , contemporaneous with the sophisticated Göbekli Tepe complex.
Building on Bauval’s Orion Correlation Theory, they investigate the archaeo-astronomical alignments of the monuments of the Giza Plateau and reveal how the pyramids and Sphinx were built to align with the constellations of Orion and Leo. However, it's hard to know for sure whether the constellation of Leo was associated with lions some 12,000 years ago because no writing from that period has been preserved.
Thus, the mystery surrounding the original head of the Sphinx remains unsolved. Dr. Schoch believes that it was indeed a lion's head, but others say it may have been a jackal similar to Anubis, the guardian and protector of the tombs. Or maybe it was just an ordinary domestic cat, after all the most sacred animal in the universe.