Friday, December 14, 2012

Buried Alive

It was about 10 p.m. on August 18, a warm, dark Saturday night in 1979. We slammed the van doors behind us, running full speed to the entrance of the basement hallway in an apartment complex  in Les Ulis, outside of Paris. This 30 to 40-foot hallway had energy-saver switches on one end and a tiny elevator at the far end. We flew down the hallway like hunted foxes and squeezed into the tiny elevator meant only to carry a few people....Never did it occur to us while we were making plans for this trip over the past six months that anything like this might happen. Who would have guessed that my research would produce such a violent reaction. We had been followed by at least one, and sometimes two, small sports cars. At first the pursuit was slow and secretive but as events escalated during the last five or six hours, they became more visible and threatening.
-Buried Alive, Chapter One

The 1980s saw a rise in creationist exploration that rivalled The 39 Steps for adventure. One of these tales is encompassed in Buried Alive, by Dr. Jack Cuozzo. But he's not your normal doctor. He's a dentist. And what he discovered about Neanderthal skulls set the French secret police in uproar, and caused the cruel death of one of his colleagues---all in the name of evolution.

The idea of "cave men" sometimes classified as "Neanderthals" are supposed to be missing links in the ape-to-man chain of life. All of the research thus far has been proven to be a fraud, an ape, or a man, but never anything in between. Still, the average public is taught that cave men existed, and for the most part the average public believes in what they've been taught. Thing is, cave men did exist, but not in the way the textbooks teach. Curious? More on that later.

In 1976 Cuozzo began to question the evolutionary fossil record. He might never have taken it as far as he did, had it not been at the encouragement of one Wilton M. Krogman, his anthropology professor, and the man who identified the remains of Adolf Hitler. Teeth are pretty important for identification purposes; in the case of Hitler all that was left by the time his remains were excavated was bones and teeth. Therefore, in the case of Neanderthals, it would make sense that their teeth would go a long way to identifying who they actually were. Krogman talked with Cuozzo about his doubts in  May of 1979, and encouraged him to take x-ray equipment to France to find out what was really going on. Cuozzo agreed, and with Krogman's letter of introduction and a machine from a fellow dentist Dr. Brown (who's name Cuozzo disguised) he set out with his wife and five children to live in a borrowed apartment and study the famous skulls at the Musee de l'Homme.

What he found there shocked him beyond description.

All the years and years of data, carefully photographed and described in school textbooks around the globe, was a lie. Skulls had been assembled incorrectly, plastic had been added to change their shapes, sometimes there were only a couple of unidentifiable bits of bone, and the whole skull was an artist's interpretation. Surely scientists would not allow such blatant lies to be taught to schoolchildren and presented at conferences? But yes, they would, and when the French police discovered his research, they were determined not to let him leave the country alive.

One man died horribly, and if you're disturbed by that kind of thing, then skip the section headed "Dr. Brown found Dead". But the book is worth it--oh, yes, it is worth it--to discover firstly to what level scientists will stoop to try to disprove God, and secondly, to give us all an amazing proof for the biblical account of mankind's development.

My Thoughts
Buried Alive is divided into three sections: the first is Cuozzo's heart stopping adventure in France, which takes not quite one-third of the book. In part two he delves into his findings, such as evidence of dentistry work on Neanderthal teeth and brain surgery for bullet wounds; simply an impossibility if they were the primitive people evolutionists consider them. Part three discusses the modern implications of what he found, and goes into intricate descriptions of calculating age by jaw measurements. Also, Cuozzo includes detailed footnotes depending on how deep you want to delve.
The first part is non-stop excitement. But that's where his story ends, I'm afraid. The rest of it is a scientific treatise, and the suspense goes down considerably. I think that most people interested in creation science will find it engaging, however. The third section will require a long pull, a strong pull, and a pull altogether for the section on jaw angles.
Actually, I haven't read all the footnotes. I would have liked to, but I was getting lost in their length, so I recommend that you actually read the book without them the first time through, and then catch the footnotes the second time around.
Cuozzo includes thoughts on female adolescence, particularly chapters 29 and 33. While he includes nothing inappropriate for, say, teenage girls on up, male readers may wish to be careful. Also, most readers  will probably wish to skip the quote on page 195 by Hildegard of Bingen, which finishes out the section on the page, and is mature in nature.
In one fascinating section Cuozzo talks about Job's sores on his skin. Apparently he really was saved "by the skin of his teeth" (Job 19:20). When God gave Satan permission to test Job, he told him that he could not touch Job's life. Satan struck Job with sores all over his skin: but in obedience to God's stipulation, he could not have struck the skin on Job's teeth. The skin over the teeth depends on the salivary glands to stay intact. Job was probably spitting on his wounds to try to counter infection, and since he could still produce saliva (Job 7:19) he knew that he still had the skin of his teeth. Without that saliva, he probably couldn't have lived.

Fascinating. And there's much more to be found in Buried Alive.

Are There Really Cave Men?
Yes. But cave men were simply people who lived in caves. To quote Answers in Genesis: "They're no different then high-rise men or condo men, or apartment men."

We do have biblical evidence that people lived in caves:

They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;)
To dwell in the cliffs of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks.
-Job 30:5-6

But cavemen were far from primitive. For example, evolutionists didn't think that cavemen had evolved the use of their thumbs, but such pictures as this one give serious cause to doubt that statement. Also, primitive people could not have had the intelligence to produce such an intricate instrument as a flute. But this picture shows that they had the intelligence necessary to create an instrument with amazing musical capacity, which would make sense according to Genesis 4:21. Cuozzo also found evidence of dental fillings in some of the skulls he examined. When the evidence is not tampered with, we find abundant proof for intelligent early man.

But what about the different skull shapes? And how does Cuozzo address the theory that Neanderthal coexisted with intelligent humans, but they were a different species? 

That's all waiting for you in Buried Alive.

I chose to review this book today because I'm travelling to spend the weekend at the Creation Museum, and Buried Alive was the book I bought three years ago on my first visit there. A state-of-the-art walk-through the Bible, I stand behind the Creation Museum's highest rating. It truly deserves every accolade it receives, and you should go too. The bookstore alone is worth the trip :)

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Lady Bibliophile


  1. Dear Schuyler,

    So this is what you were telling us about the other day! Sounds great, but a bit challenging!
    I'll have to add this book to the list of ones I want to one day find and read! :)
    Hope you're having a GREAT time at the creation museum! I would love to go there someday. :D


    1. Dear Kyla,
      It is a challenging read, but I think you would enjoy it. :) We are having a wonderful time; the live Christmas presentations are amazing, and they've added some new features this year. :D


  2. I think someone should take this book and maybe the others we've read recently that have a similar bent and make movies or docudramas of them. There's no comparison to real life adventure:). There seems to be such a spiritual stronghold around the truth--and when the truth is "rescued"--it's not without a battle.

  3. Dear Lady B,
    Why, what an fitting book to review! It is a great idea to do it while we are at the Creation Museum.
    This book sounds very fascinating! I enjoy hearing you tell us about it!

    Love, Sister

    Done at a hotel by the Creation Musuem. Prepare to Believe. :D :D :D


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