Primitive Man In The Ice Age -- By: Warren Upham

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 059:236 (Oct 1902)
Article: Primitive Man In The Ice Age
Author: Warren Upham


Primitive Man In The Ice Age

Warren Upham

[For its bearing upon the antiquity and early condition of man, the discovery so fully and clearly reported upon by Mr. Warren Upham in the accompanying communication is certainly one of the most important which have ever been made. It is proper to remark, also, that the company of savants who conducted their investigations together, and who are named in this communication, represent more combined wisdom relating to this subject than could be found anywhere else in the world. For the statement of facts their report may be taken as final. But the question of the absolute length of the epochs described is one which can at present be settled only tentatively;—as their distinguished author would most readily grant. After a personal study of the conditions in the vicinity of Lansing, and comparison with a similar discovery at Kief, in Russia, and with the conditions in Asia to which reference has been made in another article (see p. 710), I will add some comments in the January number.—G.F.W.]

Instead of suddenly complete creative acts, like the old Greek and Roman myth of Minerva, born, full-grown and clothed in armor, from the head of Jupiter, the geologist, zoologist, and botanist, through their studies in the last fifty years, have learned to regard the creation of the earth and all its living things, plants, animals, and man, as a slow and gradual progress. Time, which by the majority of the Christian world a half-century ago was thought of as a period of about six thousand years, has vastly expanded, with the increased knowledge of the earth’s stages of change and with the record of past forms of plant and animal life, until now our vision extends back to an antiquity of probably a hundred million years, or more, for the beginnings of life on our globe. Even for mankind, the latest and highest product of the Creator’s thought and

work, a dim antiquity is now seen through the wonderful history of the Ice age, dating from the beginning of the snow and ice accumulation in Europe, probably about a hundred thousand years ago. In America traces of man’s presence during the closing stage of the Ice age, probably 7, 000 years ago, have been known many years; and in February of this year a skeleton of one of these primitive Americans was found near Lansing, Kansas, belonging to a stage of the northern glaciation considerably preceding its end. Man was created in the last of the six days of Genesis; but each of these days, in the light of scientific investigation, is known to represent a very long part of the geologic record.

Previous to the discovery mentioned in Kansas, the earliest evidence of prehistoric man in America, in such relation to dri...

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