MOST IMPORTANT FOSSIL (A human skull as old as coal!)
Ed Conrad (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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