Most persons who have read anything about the fossil record, geological strata, or the theory of evolution have heard of the trilobite. It appears in the lowest, supposedly oldest layers of rock. It is called the earliest, most primitive of creatures.
According to Wikipedia, the earliest trilobites known from the fossil record are dated to about 530 million years ago. It “appears suddenly” (as if suddenly created) in the fossil record and flourished throughout the Cambrian and Permian periods and was then suddenly destroyed in a mass extinction. (Like the flood?)
It is interesting to note that even Wikipedia admits “By the time trilobites first appeared in the fossil record, they were already highly diversified and geographically dispersed. “(1) This of course supports Creation. It is not supportive of evolution. “Early trilobites show all the features of the trilobite group as a whole; transitional or ancestral forms showing or combining the features of trilobites with other groups do not seem to exist.” (2)
Geologist Dr. Andrew Snelling goes on to explain that in addition to being highly diversified, they were highly developed and advanced. Let that sink in. The first creature we can find in the strata was highly developed, highly advanced, and highly diversified!
“Often regarded as primitive creatures, their anatomy reveals that they are, perhaps, the most complex of all invertebrate creatures.”(3) Dr. Snelling describes their sophisticated aggregate schizochroal eyes as “the most sophisticated optical systems ever utilized by any organism“. (4)
So let’s stop there. The most highly developed, highly sophisticated optical system ever developed appears suddenly, at the the lowest layers of the geologic record. It appears there with absolutely NO possible evolutionary ancestors. It appears fully formed. It appears all over the world. Any geologist who does not recognize the ossibility (or likelihood) of creation in these facts is looking with both eyes closed.
I particularly like the following quote from the American History of Natural History website, “Yet dealing with the age of trilobites… the age of our planet… the age of the universe, often seems beyond the realm of what our “primitive” brain can deal with. Sometimes we imagine we’ve got all these Cambrian Explosion, Snowball Earth and Punctuated Equilibria things figured out — with all the adjacent, Plate Tectonic and Shifting Polarity mumbo-jumbo thrown in for good measure. Apparently, for a species that has existed in its present form for far less than a million years, and whose entire lineage can presently be traced back some 14 million years, we Homo sapiens can be an arrogant bunch.” (5) Arrogant, prideful, and foolish, I would add.
(3) Dr, Andrew Snelling, in six days, Master Books, pp. 293-4.
(For more information see blogs on “The Data in the Strata” and “Just the Facts”)