Footprints Said To Be
More Than 500 Million Years Old
- By Sally
Suddock - Staff Writer
- A mystery
footprint found by a fossil collector in Utah two decades
ago is said to be 300 to 600 million years old, another
ancient mystery yet to be solved. And he apparently wasn't
alone in his discovery.
fossil-hunter William J. Meister discovered the
shale-embedded footprint impression in 1968 at Antelope
Springs, and his find received national publicity after the
Desert News picked up the story.
of the time saw the footprint as a mystery for two reasons.
One is that a fossil of a trilobite was embedded in the
impression, as if stepped upon and crushed. These marine
invertebrates became extinct nearly 300 million years ago,
after flourishing for more than 300 million years.
second puzzler is the "known" age of mankind on
Earth, believed to be no more than one to two million years
ago. The 10.5-inch footprint appeared to have been made by a
human wearing a sandal.
- When Tucson
geologist Dr. Clifford Burdick examined the site a
month later, he also found an impression in shale formations
that appeared to have been the footprint of a child without
footwear; it was six inches in length, with spread toes and
no prominent big toe.
- And in
August of the same year, a Salt Lake public school teacher,
Dean Bittner, claimed to have discovered yet two more prints
in the Antelope Spring area, with small trilobites nearby.
He said the trilobites and sandaled wanderer appeared to
have been contemporaries. Asked the Creation Research
Society Quarterly, "is this proof that there were
previous civilizations on Earth, or visitors from another