Here we go again.  Thanks for Mark Goodacre for this link describing efforts to date a knuckle to the first century. Wonderful how a first century knuckle be positively linked to John the Baptist? Now you understand the post title. It’s just paleobabble.

My favorite quote from the piece:

Also mentioned is “Dr Hannes Schroeder, who carried out the research”, who is quoted as saying, “Of course, this does not prove that these were the remains of John the Baptist but nor does it refute that theory.”

Translation: “The research we’re doing on this doesn’t tell us or you squat. But the media noticed us.”