Order of Fossils
Fossils are always found with oldest fossils deepest and the most recent fossils on top. This is because there are new sediments each year that bury that year’s dead. Further, the evolutionarily most primitive animals are found deepest, and the most complex is on top. The ordering is extremely precise. Why? because an animal species does not live that long on earth. Its bodies are found only in a narrow band of sediments. In particular we never see dinosaur and human fossils mixed together because they never lived on earth at the same time.
When J.B.S Haldane was asked what would disprove evolution, he said Rabbits in the Precambrian. This incredibly precise ordering of fossils is one of the best evidences of evolution. How do Christians explain it? A swimming contest during Noah’s flood. I kid you not. The idea is so hare-brained I can barely bring myself to refute it.
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
- Surely some humans, the sick and elderly would be poor swimmers.
- Some of the creatures who lost the swimming contest were fish or aquatic animals. Surely they could swim better than humans.
- All the fossils should date to 2000 BC, yet they are all much much older.
- Why should swimming ability precisely match evolutionary age? Some of these creatures could not even swim.
- In any population of modern animals, e.g. caribou, you see quite a range of swimming ability. Yet in the fossil record, all caribou sort as if they had identical swimming ability.
- The fossil record is in places over a mile deep. The incredible chaos associated with laying down than much sediment at once belies the meticulous ordering of both rock types and animal types.
- If do an experiment and shake up some sediment and water in a jar, it will settle out smoothly with the heaviest sediments at the bottom graduating to the finest clays at the top. It will not form distinct pure layers of different types of material unrelated to density.