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
â€śMarine 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 worldâ€™s last great untapped oil preserves in the jungles of the Upper Amazon basin.â€ť
Itâ€™s funny how your world view impacts oneâ€™s view of the evidence, isnâ€™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.
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 â€śthe discovery of the colorful marine fossils in the Andes adds proof to theories that the range once lay under a shallow seaâ€ť. Were there no other hypotheses?
We are told that there was evidence that the same shallow sea once covered Texas and Oklahoma. Well, it couldnâ€™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?