The Mystery Of The Modern "London Hammer" Found Encased In Ancient Rock - IFLScience

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The stone appeared to beryllium ancient. The hammer wrong it looked modern.

James Felton

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A modern-looking hammer, encased successful rock.

When they divided it open, this is what they found. Image credit:  S. J. Miba/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)

While walking on Red Creek, London, Texas successful June 1936, Emma Zadie Hahn and her hubby Max Edmond Hahn made an antithetic discovery: a portion of wood poking retired of what appeared to beryllium an past stone formation.

The story goes that ten-ish years later, their son, who was intelligibly calved with the merest hint of curiosity that they lacked, smashed unfastened the stone to spot what was inside. What helium recovered was a hammer. Where it gets weirder is that it was clearly a modern(ish) hammer.

The hammer attracted the unhelpful attraction of Young Earth Creationist Carl Baugh, who claimed that the stone astir the hammer was from the Cretaceous period. This would mean that whoever dropped the hammer of 19th period plan did truthful portion (e.g.) moving distant from a triceratops.

For Baugh, who was himself incorrect, this was grounds that evolution mentation was incorrect.

“If the artifact is genuinely from the Cretaceous clip frame, wherever does this permission evolutionary theory, since antheral was not expected to person evolved for different 100-million years oregon so?" Baugh asked. "If the artifact is comparatively recent, that means that the Cretaceous Hensell Sand enactment from which it came is comparatively young... Again, wherever does that permission evolutionary mentation with its accepted dates for the Cretaceous formations?”"

The answer, of course, was that the hammer was modern, but it had go encased successful the stone by geological processes not known to Baugh.

"The chromatic is real, and it looks awesome to idiosyncratic unfamiliar with geological processes. How could a modern artifact beryllium stuck successful Ordovician rock?" researcher Glen J. Kuban asked successful a 1997 insubstantial connected the hammer, published successful Paleo.

"The reply is that the concretion itself is not Ordovician. Minerals successful solution tin harden astir an intrusive entity dropped successful a ace oregon simply near connected the crushed if the root stone (in this case, reportedly Ordovician) is chemically soluble."

While an highly chill find, the stone enactment is not arsenic past arsenic it appeared. Likely a miner dropped the hammer a period ago, oregon possibly a interaction earlier, aft which the stone formed astir it. It was not, repeat, not, impervious of The Flintstones.


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