that ?a term of about 8000 years is warranted by deductions from history, geology, and Scripture.? See also Duke of Argyll, Primeval Man, 70-128; Cowles on Genesis, 49-80; Dawson, Fossil Men, 246; Hicks, in Bap. Rev., July, 1884 (15,000 years): Zockler, Urgeschichte der Erde und des Menschen, 137-163. On the critical side, see Crooker, The New Bible and its Uses, 80-102.
Evidence of a geological nature seems to be accumulating, which tends to prove man?s advent upon earth at least ten thousand years ago. An arrowhead of tempered copper and a number of human bones were found in the Rocky Point mines, near Gilman, Colorado, 460 feet beneath the surface of the earth, embedded in a vein of silver bearing ore. More than a hundred dollars worth of ore clung to the bones when they were removed from the mine. On the age of the earth and the antiquity of man, see U.F. Wright, Man and the Glacial Epoch, lectures iv and x, and in McClure?s Magazine, June, 1901, and Bibliotheca Sacra, 1903:31 ? ?Charles Darwin first talked about 300 million years as a mere trifle of geologic time. His son George limits it to 50 or 100 million; Croll and Young to 60 or 70 million; Wallace to 28 million; Lord Kelvin to 24 million; Thompson and Newcomb to only 10 million.? Sir Archibald Geikie, at the British Association at Dover in 1899, said that 100 million years sufficed for that small portion of the earth?s history which is registered in the stratified rocks of the crust.
Shaler, Interpretation of Nature, 132, considers vegetable life to have existed on the planet for at least 100 million years. Warren Upham, in Pop. Science Monthly, Dec. 1893:153 ? ?How old is the earth? 100 million years.? D. G. Brinton, in Forum, Dec. 1893:454, puts the minimum limit of man?s existence on earth at 50,000 years. G.F. Wright does not doubt that man?s presence on this continent was pre-glacial, say eleven or twelve thousand years ago. He asserts that there has been a subsidence of Central Asia and Southern Russia since man?s advent, and that Arctic seals are still found in Lake Baikal in Siberia. While he grants that Egyptian civilization may go back to 5000 BC, he holds that no more than 6,000 or 7,000 years before this are needed as preparation for history. Le Conte, Elements of Geology, 613 ? ?Men saw the great glaciers of the second glacial epoch, but there is no reliable evidence of their existence before the first glacial epoch. Deltas, implements, lake shores, waterfalls, indicate only 7,000 to 10,000 years.? Recent calculations of Prof. Prestwich, the most eminent living geologist of Great Britain, tend to bring the close of the glacial epoch down to within 10,000 or 15,000 years.
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