Mulder believes metallic objects discovered on the coast of West Africa are proof of the extraterrestrial origin of life on Earth. He falls mentally ill under the apparent influence of the artifact while Scully goes to Africa for answers.



(created by), | 1 more credit »

Watch Now

From $0.99 (HD) on Amazon Video





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Hosteen (as Floyd Red Crow Westerman)
Murray Rubinstein ...
Dr. Steven Sandoz
Michael Chinyamurindi ...
Dr. Solomon Merkmallen
Sheila Tousey ...
Native American Nurse
Marty Zagon ...


An artifact with strange engravings on it is found off of the coast of Africa. When a rubbing of these engravings is shown to Mulder, confusing noises happen inside his head. The agents look to uncover the origin of this mysterious artifact and to find out why it is having a singular effect on Mulder. Written by Muldernscully

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis






Release Date:

16 May 1999 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


David Duchovny was anxious during filming due to the imminent birth of his first child, who was born two days after filming concluded. See more »


(at around 19 mins) When Mulder and Scully enter the Sandoz residence, they are let in by a landlord. As they come through the front door, a man wearing a flannel shirt and jeans is visible inside a doorway within the vacant apartment. He seems to react when the camera rolls by as if attempting to subtly retreat. The person is not a character or other part of the story. See more »


Dana Scully: Well, Mulder, if it were real then why would an American Indian artifact be fused in rock on the west coast of the African continent?
Fox Mulder: In 1996, a rock from Mars was found in Antarctica. How did it get there?
Dana Scully: It was from outer space.
[Mulder smiles and does an exaggerated shrug]
See more »


Features The X Files (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Spinning Artifacts
4 April 2007 | by (Roy, Utah) – See all my reviews

Whenever Scully does voice-overs in the teasers, I feel like I'm getting a science lesson, replete with big words I don't understand. Scully does it again in Biogenesis, the season finale for season six. I love the use of the crazy monkeys when Dr. Merkmallen is meeting with Dr. Barnes. The monkeys can sense that something is not quite right with that artifact. Why is it that animals are always the first to sense these things? After seeing the crime scene, Scully asks Mulder the question all of us are wondering; what his motives are after the syndicate has been destroyed. What do you still have left to find? --My sister-- The original quest is still alive. One thing I've always liked about the x-files is the casting of minor guest roles such as landlords or a store manager. They are very minor roles, but they get the perfect actors for them. They do it again with the landlord of Dr. Sandoz. He only has a few lines, but he is so convincing in that small role, as if he really is a landlord. Also, that Dr. Barnes is a very creepy guy. He is very well cast. I like the continuation of S.R. 819. Krycek has Skinner by the you-know-whats and he has to spy on Mulder and Scully and record their conversations. Though what Dr. Barnes needs that tape for is beyond me. It's fun to see Chuck Burks return. After the death of Pendrell, Chuck is our FBI office comic relief, though in a different way. We also get a shot of the pencils in the ceiling of Mulder's office during the Chuck scene. It's funny that they used the over-used cliché of horses neighing when trouble is approaching, this time in the form of Alex Krycek, coming to kill Dr. Sandoz. If horses can always detect trouble like that, then we need to have horses at all security checkpoints in airports instead of humans. Could've prevented 9-11, perhaps. I love the final shot of Scully standing before the spaceship submerged in water. One of the best final shots ever in an x-files episode. Biogenesis is a very fun episode. It takes the mythology in a new and interesting direction.

18 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Season 7 the best season? Agent_Mulder89
Duchovny doesn't have anything on Robert Patrick mlu08
Lone Gunmen Tank_Girl24
The Event Series: Loved it! preholidaypampering
So what happened to the episode discussions now?? VanillaLimeCoke
Episode 10x7 spooky_hh
Discuss Biogenesis (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: