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The Guadeloupe Skeleton Revisited

In SF#27, an article in Ex Nihilo, an Australian creationist publication was reviewed. This article described the discovery of the famous Guadeloupe skeleton in limestone that seemed very ancient indeed from all indications. The article also stated that the British Museum had suppressed discussion of this paradigm-shifting discovery by hiding the skeleton away somewhere.

It seems that the skeleton was never hidden and, in fact, was on public display between 1882 and 1967. The claimed Miocene dating of the skeleton has also been challenged, although no one seems to agree on just how old the bones may really be. The geological facts mentioned in SF#27 are not discussed at all in the article referenced below. A post- Columbian date was suggested on the basis that implements and a dog's skeleton were also found with the Guadeloupe skeleton. The whole business has split the ranks of British scientific creationists.

(Howgate, Michael, and Lewis, Alan; "The Case of Miocene Man," New Scientist, p. 44, March 29, 1984.)

Comment. the "facts" presented in the New Scientist and Ex Nihilo are so discordant that we await further developments with great interest and some amusement. Beach rock forms quite rapidly; and the skeleton could be very recent, despite the claims made in Ex Nihilo.

Reference. The subject of the Guadeloupe skeleton is developed more completely in our Catalog: Biological Anomalies: Humans III. To order, visit: here.

From Science Frontiers #34, JUL-AUG 1984. 1984-2000 William R. Corliss

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