The Dating of a Skull

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The Dating of Fossil Skull KNM-ER 1470

The information on this page is from the book Bones of Contention by Marvin L. Lubenow. (See information on My Reading List page). This book analyzes all of the hominid fossils. The appendix has a very detailed discussion of the dating of the fossil skull KNM-ER 1470. The science journal “Nature” is where the researchers published their research regarding this skull and their papers in “Nature” are quoted extensively. According to the many quotes from “Nature”, fossil skull KNM-ER 1470 took ten years to date. Bones of Contention follows the process step by step. Over the ten years the work was published in many issues of the English scientific journal “Nature”. The book took the ten years worth of many articles and quoted them profusely.

When this fossil was found, many different radiometric dating methods were used and many different ages were given. The scientists took ten years to analyze all of these dates. The "bad" dates were thrown out because the geological levels have all been previously dated based upon the assumption that evolution is true.

They had to pick a "good" date, one that fit in good with their preconceived assumption that evolution is true. There weren’t many "good dates" to pick from. They ended up, at the end of ten years, to give the skull a date based on some fossil pigs found nearby that had already been assumed to be a certain age also based upon the assumption that evolution is true. None of the ages from any of the radiometric techniques were used. They were all "bad" ages.

Here is an article by Marvin L. Lubenow, author of the book Bones of Contention discussed above. It is a summary of the appendix in the book where he discussed this fossil: The Pigs took It All

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