MOST IMPORTANT FOSSIL (A human skull as old as coal!)

Ed Conrad (
Wed, 30 Oct 1996 08:22:27 GMT

The WORLD'S MOST IMPORTANT FOSSIL, unquestionably, is
a petrified human skull embedded in a boulder which was discovered
between anthracite veins in Carboniferous strata near Shenandoah, Pa.

It means man -- in almost our present form but considerably larger --
had existed on earth multi-million years before the initial emergence
of the earliest cat-size, monkey-like primate which science texbooks
have long proclaimed to be our most distant ancestor.

A color photo of the skull, with one side protruding from the boulder,
can now be seen in all its intriguing magnificence at

The photograph is a direct link from
where photos of other Carboniferous fossils, also found between coal
veins, can be viewed.

Meanwhile, another photo -- comparing the petrified human cranium
in the boulder with a modern human skull -- can be seen at