Darwinism: This Weak in Fossils

Posted by Chris Parker
Apr 01 2009

It’s no longer a “trade secret” that the lack of “transitional” fossils is a weakness of Darwinism, but many fossils also point to other weaknesses of the theory.

Three recent news stories fail to support Darwinism as much as they do support the Genesis Account. Earlier in the week we talked about the “95 million year old” fossil octopi that had been recently discovered, which allegedly had lived and died in the Cretaceous period.

The “surprising” thing about these octopi (to science) was the fact that they were so similar to the octopi of today. Identical to them in all actuality.

Among the various bits of curious information provided in the EurekAlert article was this quote: “These are among the rarest and unlikeliest of fossils. The chances of an octopus corpse surviving long enough to be fossilized are so small that prior to this discovery only a single fossil species was known…”

Fossil octopi are rare but so are fossils in general. It might be instructive to review a few facts about how fossils came to be deposited in the earth’s crust.

According to Stein and Rowe, award-winning teachers and authors; “Effective fossilization usually depends on having hard parts, such as bones or shells, and being buried immediately after death. The work of predators and scavengers and the weathering effects of rain, heat, cold, and wind often serve to destroy most or all of an organism before burial takes place.”

Fossilization usually requires at least one other element; water.

As you can imagine, all these factors coming together to create a fossil are fairly rare. So, how do we account for the estimated 800 billion vertebrate fossils contained in the Karoo deposits of South Africa? Where did this astronomical number of mainly swamp dwelling reptiles come from? What about; “the Morrison beds in North America, the dinosaur beds in Montana, in the Rocky Mountains, in Alberta, the Dakotas, China, Colorado, Utah, Africa, etc., etc., containing literally millions of dinosaur fossils piled together in tremendous heaps?

Ten thousand Hadrosaurs were found on Egg Mountain alone, jumbled together in what appears to have been a mass death. ….”

…”the Sicilian hippopotamus beds, the fossils of which are so extensive that they are mined as a source of charcoal; the great mammal beds of the Rockies; the dinosaur beds of the Black Hills and the Rockies, as well as in the Gobi Desert; the fish beds of the Scottish Devonian stratum, the Baltic amber beds, Agate Spring Quarry in Nebraska, and hundreds more.”……The Boneyards

Strangely, this fossil making is not going on today. There is one explanation that fits all the data; the Genesis Flood.

But lets talk some more about; Darwinism; This weak in fossils.

Mammoth, Giant Sloth and the Whale Fossils found ‘Together” at Thomas Jefferson Law School Construction Site

Okay, stop me if you’ve heard this; a whale, a mammoth and a giant sloth walk onto a sand bar; no wait, they walk into a Weight Watcher’s.

Blah, blah, blah and blah.

….And then the whale gets all indignant and goes; fresh water!? Fresh water!? Over my dead body! I wouldn’t drink that stuff if it rained 40 days and 40 nights!

Marc P. sent me several interesting articles about this discovery, this week. “First they found the bones of a Mammoth. Then ten feet below they found the bones of a whale (one article says California Gray Whale, other says Baleen ). In another part of the excavation and at the same level as the whale, they found a giant sloth (though not in good condition).

What is a good evolutionist to do!?! They will really have to bend and twist to fit this into their paradigm (not that they can’t) but it will be interesting to watch!”

From the article: “It is rare to find such large fossils of land and sea in such close proximity,” demurred Deméré, curator of paleontology at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Article 2: “DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO — More prehistoric bones – this time, those of a giant sloth – have been found at the East Village construction site of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, the school said yesterday. But the bones are in poor shape and may not be salvageable.

The bones – part of a vertebra, as well as tooth and skull fragments – were unearthed Friday in a different part of the site from where whale and mammoth bones were found last month.
The sloth bones were found at about the same depth as the whale bones, indicating the sloth lived about 600,000 years ago.

Paleontologist Pat Sena of the San Diego Natural History Museum, who found the sloth bones, said the bones are poorly preserved”” …SignonSanDiego.com March 10, 2009

According to a prior article from the same source; SignonSanDiego.com. Feb. 27, 2009, fossil bones of a horse had also been found at the site.

Given the rarity of fossilization events it is unlikely in the extreme that all four creatures became fossilized there in one small location due to four separate occurrences at four separate times.

Gang of Juvenile Dinosaurs Discovered
Yahoo News, March 24

Stephen H. sent us this “Interesting Article”. He wrote: “Loved the quote about the three juvenile dinos dying in a flood!!!”

From the Article:

“Three juvenile Triceratops, a species thought to be solitary, died together in a flood and now have been found in a 66 million-year-old bone bed in Montana, lending more evidence to the idea that teen dinosaurs were gregarious gangsters.

Triceratops were ceratopsids, herbivorous dinosaurs that lived until the the very end of the Cretaceous Period. They have been found in enormous bone beds of multiple individuals, but all known Triceratops fossils up to now have been solitary individuals.”

We already mentioned the vast bone beds of dinosaurs and other creatures which are scattered worldwide. These creatures are from as the article reports “an enormous bone bed”. This is the same enormous bone bed from which other, solitary triceratops have been found.

Can we now safely assume that the cause of death of all of the animals in this enormous bone bed was also, drowning?

Thought so.

Earlier in the year we reported on a story suggesting that many dinosaurs died agonizing deaths; as if from drowning….

The answer to all this fossil news can be found in Genesis Chapter 7:

“Every living thing that moved on the earth perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind”.

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