How Long Has Life and Humans Been on Planet Earth?

Speaker: Categories: Feb 16, 2019


[1hr, 20min, 03sec] - 1 CD ONLY


This presentation will provide a summary overview of some of the current scientific understandings concerning the sequence of events and chronology associated with the geological history of our planet and of the many animals and plants which have lived on earth. It will also consider the nature of some of the current views relating to the development and chronology of human and human-like species. Much of the chronological information has been made possible as a result of the continuing development and increasing sophistication of radioactive-decay based isotopic dating methods.


Dr. Erv Taylor was Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Radiocarbon Laboratory at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). He is a Californian who attended Lynwood Academy and received his B.A. from Pacific Union College in 1960.

His Ph.D. in anthropology was earned at UCLA in the Isotope Laboratory of the late Willard F. Libby, 1960 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry for the discovery of radiocarbon dating. Dr. Taylor subsequently held a NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA in the laboratory of Professor Daniel Kivelson in the Department of Chemistry.

While at UCLA Erv Taylor was a member of the Burbank SDA Church and one of the“Burbank Seven” whom the Southern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists attempted, unsuccessfully, to excommunicate forhigh political crimes against the Conference!

Dr. Taylor's research has focused on the application of dating and analytical techniques in archeology with particular emphasis on radiocarbon and amino acid racemization dating. He is best known for his work on the radiocarbon dating of human skeletons associated with questions involving the timing of arrival of the earliest human populations in the New World.

He has more than one hundred articles and reviews in prestigious scientific journals. He is author ofRadiocarbon Dating: An Archaeological Perspective(Academic Press, 1987) and has been editorially involved in other major scientific publications.


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