Jack Cuozzo, DDS, MS (1937-23 March 2017) trained in and practiced orthodontics for thirty-one years in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. He also applied his orthodontic training and experience to the study of Neanderthal fossils. He showed that Neanderthal Man was never an ape or anything like it. Neanderthal Man was just that: man.
Early education and career
Jack Cuozzo earned his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University (biology major, philosophy minor). He then earned advanced degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (DDS) and Loyola University/Chicago Graduate School of Dentistry (MS, Oral Biology; Certificate of Specialty in Orthodontics). He joined the United States Navy, and with the rank of Lieutenant, served as dentist aboard the USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) for eighteen months. He and his wife Diane became Christians in 1975.
Jack Cuozzo proves that Neanderthal Man is man
In 1977 Jack Cuozzo studied philosophy in Switzerland with the late Dr. Francis Schaeffer. In 1979 he began an original study of Neanderthal fossil specimens with the aid of the late Wilton M. Krogman, Ph.D., professor at the University of Pennsylvania (the “Father of Forensic Anthropology”). Dr. Cuozzo has done paleontology studies in the Musée de l’Homme in Paris, the British Museum in England under Christopher Stringer, the University of Liège in Belgium, the Rockefeller Museum in Jerusalem, the Museum of Prehistory in East Berlin, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Field Museum in Chicago, the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, the paleontology collection of Southern Methodist University and the Paleolithic caves in Southern France.
He took the first cephalometric (orthodontic) radiographs in history of the Neanderthal fossils in 1979 in France (see illustration). He followed up with other orthodontic X-ray studies of Neanderthal skulls in the other museums mentioned above. He has also taken part in prehistoric cave research explorations. His conclusion, as he wrote in Buried Alive: Neanderthal Man was never ape-like, but human. Furthermore, Neanderthal Man grew up at a rate consistent with Biblical lifespans.
Faculty Appointments and Publications
Jack Cuozzo served as adjunct professor of biology at the former King’s College in Briarcliff Manor, NY. working under Chairman Wayne Frair, Ph.D. He taught at New York School of the Bible, Calvary Baptist Church for four years and was the Chaplain for the New Jersey Nets basketball team for five years.
Dr. Cuozzo published three articles in the Journal of the New Jersey Dental Society, and one article and one editorial review of his work in Creation Magazine. In 1994, the Creation Ex Nihilo Technical Journal featured his work in a cover story. He has also published in the Creation Research Society Quarterly and Bible Science News. Some of his work appeared in The Creation (series editor- Josh McDowell; Here’s Life Publishers Inc.). Dr. Cuozzo also appeared in the movie series, Origins – HowThe World Came To Be . The Illustrated Origins Answerbook (edited by Paul Taylor, 4th ed.; Eden Productions) and a front-page article in Acts and Facts (24:7, July 1995) also include insights from his research.
In 1998 Jack Cuozzo wrote Buried Alive (Master Books), a research and adventure book about his studies of ancient man and Biblical revelation. He wrote a chapter in In Six Days (1999) with 49 other scientists, and also wrote chapters in When Christians Roamed The Earth (Master Books 2002), Captured Alive (Pleasant Word Publishers, 2003) and a chapter in a secular research book on Neanderthals from the Museum für Vor-und Frühgeschicte in Berlin, Germany. (Ullrich, H. (Ed.), The Neandertal Adolescent Le Moustier 1: New Aspects, New Results, Berliner Beiträge zur vor- und Frühgeschichte
neue Folge, Band 12, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin—Preussiscpp. 104–123, 2005.) He has appeared on approximately one hundred and fifty radio programs on Christian and secular radio and has given an interview on CBN television. He has done radio interviews with Dr. D. James Kennedy on Truths That Transform and Janet Parshall’s America.
The Alan Mann Debate
Dr. Cuozzo debated Dr. Alan E. Mann, Chairman of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania on April 20, 2001 at Westminster Seminary outside of Philadelphia. Dr. Mann has refused to let anyone distribute videotapes of the event, to list those tapes in the Westminster catalogue, or to sell them to the public. Dr. Cuozzo has sought legal advice to try to liberate the tapes but with no success. He does not plan to take further legal action.
Professional association memberships and staff appointments
He was a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and American Dental Association for thirty years. He has served on the Mountainside Hospital Medical Staff, Montclair, N.J. since 1969. While there he served as head of the orthodontic section and Associate Director of the Dental Department for two years. (Recently he became an attending emeritus.) He also served on the Medical Staff of St. Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, NJ in their Cleft Palate Treatment Center.
He was married to his wife Diane for 47 years. They had five grown children and sixteen grandchildren.
Obituary in The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.), 26 March 2017.