Re: Creationists win the schools in New Mexico

William H. Jefferys (
1 Sep 1996 20:35:56 GMT

In article <50cb93$>,
Michael Grice <> wrote:
#[Posted and emailed.]
# (Bryant) blessed us with the following wisdom:
#>In article <>,
#>George Cooper <> wrote:
#>>At the trial, Clarence Darrow held up the tooth of an extinct pig and
#>>claimed that it was from Nebraska Man!
#>I would like to see the reference for this assertion. Especially since
#>the judge specifically disallowed the introduction of scientific evidence
#>relevant to the issue of creationism vs. scientific views of life's origins.
#Actually, George is right about this one. According to the "Nebraska
#Man" entry in Richard Milner's _Encyclopedia of Evolution_, the tooth
#was introduced as "evolutionary evidence" in the trial.

No, he is not correct. Richard Milner is in error. Howler
Wesley R. Elsberry examined the transcript of the trial
and found that it was not mentioned. He asked for citations
to the contrary from the record and none were forthcoming.

The judge refused to allow testimony on scientific evidence
to be given, but he did allow some scientific evidence to
be entered into the _written_ record of the trial. But nothing
about Nebraska Man. Since these were not heard by the jury, they
had no effect on the outcome of the trial.

As I understand it, some references to Nebraska Man were
made in the press.


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