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Do Fossils Prove Evolution? 

If someone challenges the theory of organic evolution today they often, through ignorance, get a response back with a question like, "Well, what about the fossil records?" In other words, the existence of fossils (like dinosaur bones) automatically proves, scientifically, the "beloved theory" of the organic evolution of all things.

But the idea that the sedimentary rock of the earth's crust, with their fossil contents, explained in terms of present processes of sedimentation on the application of uniformitarian principles, is really nothing but wishful thinking. In fact, most modern sedimentary phenomena must be attributed to brief, intense, periods of sedimentation, rather than normal, slow uniform periods. More than half of all sediments transported and deposited by modern rivers are carried during flood periods, when the rivers are overflowing their banks.

Below are a few examples of some remarkable phenomena characterizing the sedimentary rocks of the earth's crust that seem to be clear evidences of catastrophic deposition and tend to frustrate the organic evolutionist's assumption of uniformitarianism:

Fossil Graveyards

When living organism die, especially large animals, their remains eventually disappear because of the efficiency of scavenger organism and the decay processes which immediately go to work. A process called disintegration. Yet, contray to this normal process, in the earth's sedimentary rocks there are buried vast numbers of plants and animals of all kinds. Thousands and millions of organisms crushed together and buried by the sediments. And even after centuries of collecting all over the world, more new graveyards are still being found. It is a matter of elementary, scientific logic that this kind of phenomena must be attributed to very rapid burial and rapid subsequent lithification or they would not have been preserved as they are. And since these fossil graveyards are buried in water-laid sediments, they clearly give witness to the fact of a past aqueous catastrophism.

Polystrate Fossils

Stratification (or layered sequence) is universally characteristic of sedimentary rocks. Most fossils are found in sedimentary beds composed of many "strata" distinguishable by a stratification line (actually a surface). Distinct strata can result when there is a change in the velocity of flow or other hydraulic characteristics. It is not infrequent to find large fossils of animals and plants, especially tree trunks, extending through several strata, often 20 feet or more in thickness. A Dutch geologist, N.A. Rupke, suggests that they be called "polystrate fossils" and has documented numerous examples.

Ephemeral Markings

A special type of fossil originally formed as a transient marking on the surface of a recently deposited layer of sediment. Phenomena such as: ripple marks, rain prints, worm trails, bird and reptile tracks. These are very fragile structures and very quickly obliterated by wind or air currents, later erosion and sedimentation. The ONLY way these markings could be preserved is by means of abnormally RAPID burial PLUS abnormally rapid lithification. Difficult, if not impossible, to point to examples of such fossils in the process of formation at present.

Soft Parts

That is, where the actual soft tissues of the organism have been preserved. Very true in what is called "ancient" strata. Found massed together in large numbers. Another proof of rapid burial by the sediments and also make the contention that they have remained unaffected by decay, erosion, etc., for many millions of years exceedingly difficult to believe.

In general, catastrophism (a world-wide flood) provides a VERY adequate framework of interpretation for most, and probably all the features of the known geologic column. On the other hand, uniformitarianism, the dogma of organic evolutionists, might be a satisfactory framework for some parts of the data, it seems utterly inadequate to account for most of them.

In conclusion, the Biblical flood does not run contrary to true scientific study. It is rejected mainly because of personal prejudices, not scientific findings.

Presented by: Gary Nystrom
Ref. "Biblical Cosmology and Modern Science" by Henry M. Morris

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