1947: From Whence Came the Sea Shells 10,000 Feet Up in the Andes?

Posted by Chris Parker
Sep 30 2008

Marine Fossils from Andes May Throw Light on Jungle Oil
Museum-Columbia Expedition Brings Back 4,000 Pounds of Shells from Mountains, Once the Floor of a Shallow Sea

New York Times
October 13, 1947

“Marine fossils uncovered by an expedition 10,000 feet up in the Peruvian Andes have arrived in New York, it was announced yesterday by officials of Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History.

The 4,000 pounds of fossilized shells, described as one of the most significant finds in recent years, are expected to throw light on one of the world’s last great untapped oil preserves in the jungles of the Upper Amazon basin.”

It’s funny how your world view impacts one’s view of the evidence, isn’t it? A person without the practiced eye that the paradigm uses to view these things might surmise that there was another way for those shells to have gotten on top of the mountain.

Genesis 7:20
The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than twenty feet.

How many scientists whilst pondering this situation (sea shells at 10,000 to 16,000 feet) would have even considered that perhaps these mountains had ever been covered over with water? One supposes that they would rather champion the idea that they were dropped there by aliens.

On the other hand, the idea that the mountains had once been part of a shallow sea sounds reasonable enough, and perhaps they had been. The fact is, however whatever evidence that there was that got the shallow sea theory going likely might have also supported a great flood theory as well.

One might suppose that the 4,000 pounds of shells that were found might not be enough for ancient lands that were once a shallow sea. One might suppose then that every square inch of the mountain should contain remnants of that ancient sea bottom. Perhaps the distribution of shells as they were found might better fit the notion that they were carried there and deposited.

The article goes on nevertheless to say that “the discovery of the colorful marine fossils in the Andes adds proof to theories that the range once lay under a shallow sea”. Were there no other hypotheses?

We are told that there was evidence that the same shallow sea once covered Texas and Oklahoma. Well, it couldn’t have been the flood of Noah then, right? Did those waters allegedly cover Texas and Oklahoma?

According to the article, marine fossils which were unknown to science were found in the Andes and several 100 pound blocks containing fossils were brought back to the museum.

What really happened here?

2 Responses

  1. Daniel Moore says:

    Chris–We’ll see if this goes through. . . . This report brings up a number of issues, and you touch on most of them. Again, Allan and Delair’s CATACLYSM! speaks directly to this. There are anomalous deposits all over the world (e.g., Alaskan muck) of plants, animals, rocks, and soil that were forcibly laid down by extreme wave action–NOT GLACIAL. Much of the southern end of South America was lifted up during the Flood event–even Darwin documented this. That’s why Tiahuanco, a seaport, is now at 13,000 feet. Also, due to the fracturing of the lithosphere, the topography of the Earth was greatly changed. Mountains such as the Andes were squeezed up and others probably disappeared. Whale skeletons have been reported near mountain tops.–Dan

  2. Administrator says:


    An item we reported on previously that I had forgotten about may also have a bearing on this. In 2001, over 500Giant oyster fossils, some 12 feet wide weighing upwards of 650 pounds were found at 13,000 feet in the Andes. (LINK)

    Oysters of that big must have been pre-flood? Also, the number, 500 suggests that they were probably home grown, and not at 13,000 feet in the mountains.

    Cataclysm! Last night I was trying to think to the book that the back of my mind says I was supposed to buy and that was it. I’ll go on line instead of my favorite book store. (Lst night I needed a road trip).

    By the way, have you read Velikovsky’s stuff?

    Click here to go to Daniel’s Blog, Mentapoet.blogspot.com

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