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Discovery Magazine 11/1/2009

Fossils Evolution Cannot Explain

Many evolutionists claim that the layers of rocks in the ground prove that the Earth is millions of years old. Scientists (and park rangers) show us examples like the Grand Canyon and say that each layer took eons of time to be deposited. Creationists, however, know that this is not right. A closer look at the “record of the rocks” shows that the Earth is young, not old.

Embedded in rocks all over the globe are “polystrate” fossils. Polystrate means “many layers,” and refers to fossils that cut through at least two layers of the geologic column. For example, geologists have discovered tree trunks buried vertically in two, three, four, or more sections of rock—rock that evolutionists suggest was deposited over millions of years. In Nova Scotia, there are many erect fossil trees scattered throughout layers extending upward more than 2,500 feet. However, organic material (like wood) that is exposed to the elements will rot, not fossilize. Scientists have had to admit that the entire trees must have been preserved quickly, which suggests that the layers surrounding them must have been deposited rapidly. The rock layers did not build up slowly over millions or billions of years.

Geologists also have discovered polystrate animal fossils. Probably the most famous is the fossilized skeleton of a whale discovered in 1976 near Lompoc, California. The whale is covered in “diatomaceous [die-uh-toe-MAY-shus] earth.” Diatoms are microscopic algae. As diatoms die, their skeletons form deposits—a process that evolutionists say is extremely slow. But the whale (with a skull more than seven feet thick) is completely covered by the diatomaceous earth. There simply is no way a whale could have remained on its back for hundreds or thousands of years while diatoms covered it, because it would have decayed or been eaten by scavengers. It is clear from this extraordinary evidence that the long ages attached to the geologic column simply are not correct.

Trees, whales, fish, and the other organisms with which the fossil record abounds did not die and lie around for hundreds, thousands, or millions of years while slowly being turned into polystrate fossils. Truth be told, polystrate fossils testify loudly to a young Earth whose layers formed quickly—not very long ago.

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