Letter: Happy birthday Adam, age 6,000

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Sir: Adam's 6,000th birthday falls tomorrow. John Lightfoot, who was vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge, built on the genealogical scholarship of Archbishop James Ussher (Sacred Chronology, 1620) and concluded that Adam was created at 9am on Sunday 23 October, 4004 BC. Perhaps The Independent would like to mark this anniversary with a front-page reproduction of God zapping Adam on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

Adam's children are clearly getting better informed. We should celebrate 23 October perennially as Science Day.

DAVID MANSFIELD

Lochwinnoch,

Renfrewshire

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