Creation Evidence Museum LESSON SHEET...
"A.M. Coffee Track"
I. Discovery...In 1934 Mr. A.M. Coffee of Stinnett, Texas, a pumper for the Gulf Oil Company, discovered a trail of nine "human-like footprints" in series on a rock ledge about four miles out of town. He worked one of the tracks loose and took it home. After he showed the artifact to a few friends including his boss, various interested persons took the rest of the tracks from the site. The discovery created an instant controversy among archaeologists, geologists and anthropologists, because the sedimentary rock system of the entire area is geologically assigned Permian (assumed to be 225 million years old). The general consensus was that the print had to be a carving made by Indians, or the like. The difficulties involved in drawing such conclusions were enhanced by the fact that the print was accompanied by eight other prints in the series, along with an adjacent child's print. Further controversy ensued when it was pointed out that the tracks were not "stylized" as other Indian carvings are.
II. Display...In recent years the original track of the Coffee discovery has been kept on public display at the Stinnett City Hall at Stinnett, Texas. One of the other tracks in the series was displayed for years at the Panhandle A&M College Museum at Goodwell, Oklahoma. It was then placed with Mr. Truman Tucker, a creationist friend of the late Dr. Walter Lang and the Creation Evidence Museum. Mr. Tucker placed the artifact with the Community Museum in Kenton, Oklahoma near his home. His companion footprint is not quite as deep nor as distinctive as the Coffee track, but is discernible as a human footprint.
III. Description...Both footprints measure 8 1/2 inches in length. The Coffee track is a "right" footprint, whereas the Tucker track is a "left" footprint. On the slab of rock containing the Coffee Footprint is a 5-inch child's footprint. The adult print is 3/4 inches deep, and the mud compression between the toes is evident, along with slight mud displacement around the footprint. All five human toes are clearly displayed.
IV. Definition.. The discoverer's grandson, Mr. Fred Coffee, a member of the Stinnett City Council, is the current owner of the artifact. With his gracious cooperation the track was submitted to a nondestructive Spiral CT Scan analysis at a laboratory. While the information was being processed through the computer, the technical staff immediately pointed to the screen and emphasized the compression areas under the track and between the toes. The staff also emphasized the clearly discernible five toes, the three arches (medial, lateral, and metatarsal), and the overall distinctive shape of the human foot.
Attention was drawn to the depressions made by the dominant "great toe," the unique "second toe" that makes a slightly deeper depression, and the distinctive "ball" of the foot. When the analysis was complete the CT Scan had recorded the compression around the complete footprint, clearly indicating that the print was not carved or fabricated. In CT Scan X-rays the lighter areas are more dense, since the X-rays have more difficulty traveling through that medium.As it reaches the ground in forward locomotion the human foot first places pressure in the heel area, gently transfers the weight to the lateral longitudinal arch (creating a slight bulge in the upper outer section of the foot in the process), transfers the weight to the ball and the medial longitudinal arch, then transfers the weight to the metatarsal arch and the toes in a lifting motion. The enclosed documentation verifies this distinctive placement.Of significant importance is the fact that a thin crustal layer of sediment formed over the bulk rock as both layers lithofied. The crustal layer followed the contour of the contour of the depression. This thin layer is clearly seen, since a section of it peeled off as Mr. Coffee was removing the artifact. Any carving activity would have cut through the outer layer, clearly leaving its evidence of fabrication.
V. Decision..With this new technical data in hand we have come to the conclusion that the track is indeed genuine and is a depression left by the placement of a human foot while the matrix of "mud" was still fresh and pliable. All the professional academicians to whom the Director has shown the artifact rate it between 9.5 and 10.0 on a scale of I to 10.
We offer our congratulations to the Coffee family, and our commendation to the man who made this important discovery, the late A.M. Coffee. He is worthy of profound honor.
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