Teaching Creation Thursdays ~ Fossils Form Under Rare Condition

TeachingCreationsThursdaysDr. Carolyn Reeves will be sharing over the next several weeks about fossils.  This week, she talks about how fossils form under rare condition.

Fossils are at the top of the list as evidence for Darwinian evolution.  Darwinists claim that they show the evolution of different forms of life going back billions of years. We want to take a few weeks and talk about fossils. You may be surprised to see how much fossils support the idea of a worldwide Flood and how difficult they are to explain otherwise

Trillions of fossils exist around the world, mostly in sedimentary rocks and almost all on dry land. Not many fossils are found in other types of rocks, and they are rarely found in deep ocean basins.

Most fossils formed after plants and animals were trapped in soft sediment such as sand, mud, and limestone that later hardened into rock.

However, this almost never happens today. The conditions that would cause a plant or an animal to turn into a fossil require much more than being covered up by soft sediment.

When an animal or plant dies, one of two things usually happens to it before it even has time to turn into a fossil. Either it will be eaten or it will decay. If the organism isn’t first eaten, then bacteria will probably cause it to decay.

In order for once-living organisms to turn to fossils, there are several things that must usually happen.

(1) The dead remains must be quickly covered up by sediment that settles out of water. This prevents them from being eaten by other animals.

(2) The oxygen supply must be cut off in order to cause decay to stop or slow down. This occurs when dead plants or animals are buried deeply by sediment.

(3) Lots of pressure on the plant or animal remains increases the chances of them turning into a fossil. The weight of thick layers of sediment and deep waters above them would provide sufficient pressure.

(4) In many cases, there must be enough of the right kinds of dissolved chemicals to cause fossilization of the remains.

Footprints and molds of plants and animals can also form under these same conditions. Bones, claws, teeth, and hard animal shells are more likely to resist decay and damage from various forces than are softer body tissues. Some hard parts, such as shark teeth, are especially durable. However, soft tissues can become fossils when certain conditions exist.

Summarizing some of the ideal conditions for fossil formation, we see that a massive worldwide flood would have provided ideal and unrepeatable conditions in which fossils could form. Rapid burial by layers of sedimentary deposits would have kept remains of plants and animals from being eaten and deep burial would have quickly cut off the oxygen supply that causes decay. Minerals necessary for fossilization would have been dissolved in the water. The weight of the water and deep layers of sediments would have resulted in pressure on the remains.

Remember that dead plants and animals don’t turn into fossils unless certain conditions occur. For example, thousands of buffalo were killed in the West to keep them off the railroads. They were left on the ground to rot, but it’s unlikely that any part of their remains ever turned into fossils. Even the bones and teeth eventually decayed and turned into dust.

“Fossil graveyards” have been discovered all over the world in several places. These are places where remains of large numbers of plants and animals from both water and land habitats are found jumbled together in sedimentary rock. It appears that they were transported from long distances and deposited together. This is easily explained by the Flood, but it remains a puzzle to evolutionary scientists.

Evolutionary scientists often claim that fish and other organisms in the ocean became fossils after they sank to the bottom of the ocean floor and were covered by sediments. Whenever an animal falls to the bottom, it is very
unlikely to turn into a fossil. If waves and currents didn’t break it apart, then it would probably rot or be eaten by other animals. Even if the necessary conditions were present and they turned into fossils, this would be an extremely rare event.

There are virtually no fossils forming on ocean floors now. Yet, there are trillions of fossils all around the world in sedimentary rocks. The worldwide Flood described in Genesis provides a very logical explanation for why this is

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