There is some agreement that mankind, homo sapiens, rather than ape like creatures, walked the earth less than 100,000 years ago, although recently bone fragments have been found dating about 100.000 years ago traced to Cro Magnon rather than Neanderthal men.
Grossman brings us a fascinating and plausible book postulating a highly evolved civilization existing about 200,000 years ago. He begins with a story about a discovery made by Galileo Galilei in 1601, that if revealed, was felt could possibly destroy religions, bring down governments and lead to worldwide turmoil.
A society of very powerful men was formed that for 400 years closely guarded the secret to prevent the vast problems foreseen by Galileo from becoming public. Quinn McCauley and Katrina Alpert, both paleontologists and well respected in their field leads an expedition to caves in Montana to explore possibilities for new discoveries. What emerges from their exploration are discoveries which are so startling in nature that they lead the pair to other sites around the world. These discoveries might be the answer to why Galileo turned his interests to studying the stars,and why he was convicted of heresy by the Inquisition.
Old Earth touches upon arguments between science and religion in developing the story and provides what is a fascinating exploration for an alternative theory of the history of our planet. The term mesmerizing is quite applicable to the book as well as the concept of thought provoking.
3/15 Paul Lane
OLD EARTH by Gary Grossman. Diversion Publishing (March 10, 2015). ISBN: 978-1626816343. 374p.