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Geological Specimen Rejuvenates an Old Controversy
138 I Dialogue its periods of revolution around its own axis, the earth, and the central fire (all three of which would presumably be of about the same length) in the system of Philolaus. This is very speculative, however, and others may wish to consider revolutions around various objects in more modern systems. 14One must note (with caution) the Hermetic tradition of the Renaissance and earlier which purported to reach back to Hermes Trismegistus in Egypt at about the time of Moses. See Lawrence S. Lerner and Edward A. Gosselin, "Giordano Bruno," Scientific American, 228, No. 4 (April, 1973), especially p. 91; and also Frances A. Yates, Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1964), especially Chapters I and XXI. Note also Isaac Newton, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy and His System of the World, Translated by Andrew Motte, translation revised by Florian Cajori, (Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1934, 1962, 1966), Vol. II, The System of the World, PP- 549-55°- Geological Specimen Rejuvenates an Old Controversy Wm. Lee Stokes Under the title "Puzzling Fossils Unearthed," the Deseret News of 13 June, 1968 reported the discovery of "a fossilized footprint" which was said to pose a "dilemma for geologists." The discovery was made in the Antelope Springs area of the House Range, Millard County, Utah. A photograph accompanying the article shows two pieces of fine-grained stone, obviously halves of a larger block, split apart along a natural plane of weakness. On one half is a shallow foot-shaped or shoe bottom-shaped depression about 10 inches long, 3% inches wide at the widest and 3 inches wide near the "heel." The other block shows a raised area that fits into the corresponding depression. The entire edge of the front part of the impression is rounded and not squared off so that the specimen is referred to by the finders as a "sandal print" rather than a "shoe print." The imprint of the "heel" is separated from the "sole" by a ledge which is said to indicate that a separate piece of material had been shaped and affixed as a low heel. Finally, embedded in the "heel" area is the remains of a small fossil trilobite, an extinct arthropod of the Cambrian Period. The discovery was reported in many newspapers throughout the country and I and my colleagues in the Department of Geological and Geophysical Sciences at the University of Utah received letters from as far away as Hawaii and Florida either asking for more information or condemning us as athiests for not accepting the find as proof of the Genesis account of creation. The most thorough discussion appeared in the Creation Society Research Quarterly for December 1968 which contains illustrations and three articles on the specimens. Incidentally, the Creation Research Society is an organization of research scientists committed to full belief in the Biblical record of creation and early history. In the first article, Dr.