"This is a well authenticated discovery which has been in the British Museum for over a century. A fully modern human skeleton was found in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe inside an immense slab of limestone, dated by modern geologists at 28 million years old.(More examples could be cited.)
"Human beings,just like those living today (but sometimes larger), have been found in very deep levels of strata. "
This is the version of the information as it appears on some of the Creationist websites. Of course, scientists do not think the remains are fossilzed in limestone for 28 million years. But what they DO think is very interesting and very pertinent to our thesis.
Creationists make out that the skeleton is kept hidden because it is an embarassment to scientists. to the contrary, a quick internet search found this courteous reply to an inquiry into the matter:
Thank you for your enquiry. Our specialist, Robert Kruszynski has replied as follows:--As a mater of fact the limestone is not especially significant nor is it especially ancient. It is part of a coral reef formation which has grown up around the skeletons over the past estimated ten thousand years or so.That is where the next mystery comes in because the West Indies were not supposed to be inhabited until much later. There is however a good deal of data confirming that there was a major catastropheies at the end of the Ice Age involving multiple volcanic blasts, tsunamis, torrential storms, earthquakes and cave-ins at the highest imagineable level. And one fluted Clovis-type point found on Cuba, a diputed find.
"We do hold this set of human remains from Grand Terre island, Guadeloupe, West Indies. It is a human skeleton lacking its skull and all its foot bones, with all the available postcranial bones still partially embedded in a block of oolitic limestone. It is stored and curated here in our Special Collection.
It was, as reported below, found in 1812 and presented to the British Museum in 1813 by Sir A. Cochrane R.N., who was at that time one of the Lords of the Admiralty. In 1881 it became part of the foundation collection of this Museum. It was originally registered as M 16820 and then in 2006 it was re-registered as PA HR 4128.
In 2006 I personally weighed the block of limestone containing this partial skeleton and its weight came to approximately 230 Kg. From the same findspot are a number of other human skeletons (possibly six) which were (at the time at least) also partially embedded in oolitic limestone and these are now stored in a museum in Paris. Palaeontological and mineralogical work has been carried out on the block we have which indicates nothing unusual about this find and there is now a plan to carry out absolute dating on the bones of this skeleton."
If you have any further questions, please contact me.
Dr Hilary Ketchum
Earth Sciences Identification and Advisory Officer Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity The Natural History Museum Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD
One of my recent postings had a map showing examples of human remains that were all supposed drowned together simultaneously at about 10,000 years ago. That map also needed to have included these examples and the similar find of a human skull found by divers on the Bahama banks.
Best Wishes, Dale D.