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Castenedolo, Olmo, and Calaveras skulls were found in Pliocene strata (Talk.Origins)

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This article (Castenedolo, Olmo, and Calaveras skulls were found in Pliocene strata (Talk.Origins)) is a response to a rebuttal of a creationist claim published by Talk.Origins Archive under the title Index to Creationist Claims.


Claim CC112:

The Castenedolo and Olmo skulls from Italy and the Calaveras skull from California were modern skulls, but all were found in undisturbed Pliocene strata.

Source: Morris, Henry M., 1974. Scientific Creationism, Green Forest, AR: Master Books, p. 177.


CreationWiki Response: (Talk.Origins quotes in blue)

1. The Castendolo bones belong to skeletons of several men, women, and children. They are a recent burial in Pliocene sediments, evidenced by the fact that other fossils but not the human bones were impregnated with salt.

The Olmo skull is from upper Pleistocene gravel, placing it in the Upper Paleolithic (Stone Age) period. It is not out of place.

The Calaveras skull was a deliberate hoax and was immediately recognized as such by scientists (Conrad 1982). Links:

Talk Origins is using an out of date creationist reference: Their cited source is eight years more recent. Dr. Morris' source was a Readers Digest article from August 1973, and the error was made by that author, not Morris. It needs to be noted that these bones are not used any more. Most creationists have abandoned them in true scientific fashion as they have been found to be erroneous.