Chapter 7: The Data in the Strata

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Chapter 7 of Evolution, the Big Bang, and Other Fables, by A N Mack MD

Are you old enough to remember the La Brae Tar Pits? I remember quite vividly being told that this is how the fossil graveyards were formed.  Then when human and dog remains were found alongside saber-tooth cats and woolly mammoths (and other animals that we were told had been dead for tens of thousands of years) suddenly the pro-evolutionary scientific community lost interest in the pits. In reality, of course, the entire idea that thousands of animals accidentally fell into pits of tar and were preserved was absurd. Do animals do that today?  Certainly not. No animals today walk into pits of tar so they can someday become fossils.   In fact, the entire early thinking about the tar pits was likely erroneous. In reality, the oil tar formed far more rapidly than scientists were previously willing to admit and developed around the carcasses which had been rapidly buried in the flood sediments (see previous chapter).

Or as shown by the following article in the journal Organic Chemistry:

In many geological situations much longer time intervals are available but evidently the molecular mechanism of the decomposition is little changed by the additional time. Thus, within sedimentary basins, heating times of several years are sufficient for the generation of oil and gas from suitable precursors. The precise point in this range of times from seconds to years, at which the products adequately resemble natural gases and/or oils, remains to be established. Heating times of the order of years during recent times may even improve the petroleum prospects of particular areas. Flooding of a reservoir with migrating hydrocarbons is more likely to produce a reservoir filled to the spill point than slow accumulation over a long geological period with a possibility of loss …’.(1)

For generations, students have been fed a scientifically unsupportable line of atheistic propaganda about how dinosaurs and other organisms were fossilized.  If you travel to any Museum of Natural History or even to places like Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, you will read nice (imaginary) explanations about how the fossils originated, and why they are at the site.  All over the world there are massive “fossil graveyards” where thousands or millions of fossilized creatures lie buried or partially exposed.

These graveyards are not evidence supporting evolutionists claims.  Rather, in the words of Roger Patterson, “the greatest testimonies to a worldwide flood are the many, massive fossil graveyards across the globe”.  (2)  Why would Patterson say this? Because the very presence of such massive graveyards is evidence, if not almost proof, of a global flood.  Fossils do not form if a creature dies naturally and is eaten or decomposed by natural processes. Fossil formation requires sudden burial (as in a sudden, catastrophic global flood with massive mudslides in an environment that lacks oxygen) in order to fossilize!

Patterson also notes that in places like the Green River formation in Wyoming, we find birds, bats, ocean fish, insects, and land plants all buried together.  How could these be buried together if not for a huge catastrophe like the flood?

And what about oil and coal in the deep earth strata?  We are told that there was lush growth which gathered and was compressed over millions of years, forming oil and coal.  Yet so many scientific facts and observations do NOT fit this storyline.  For one, why would the deceased plants and animals not have been destroyed by bacteria and turned into simple organic matter (dirt) if this happened as a normal process over millions of years?  That would comply with the uniformitarian views evolutionists claim to espouse!

Also, many samples contain carbon 14, which should be impossible if they are even 50,000 years old, let alone hundreds of millions of years old.  In addition, coal often has readily visible bark from trees, and even track marks from crabs, dinosaurs, and amphibians (3) which might occur in cases of sudden rapid burial, but not with gradual accumulation over hundreds of thousands of years. And of course there is all that fresh organic material, and red blood cells they have been finding in dinosaurs that are supposedly hundreds of millions of years old!


And what about those troublesome polystrate fossils (see the above picture).  How can a fossilized tree be found vertically, penetrating what we are told is many millions of years of accumulated sediments? Author John McKay, who has found “there are polystrates of just about every fossil known if you look hard enough, and the reality is that any fossils even those that lie parallel to their strata yet are thicker than one lamina of sediment, by definition have to be polystrate.” (4) But the question is, how can a fragile fern be fossilized vertically in strata that would otherwise be thought to represent millions of years of accumulation?  But for those who believe in the Great Global Flood, this represents no problem at all. It makes absolute and complete sense. The tree or fern happened to come to rest in a vertical position as all the sediments flooded in and around it and were then compressed into limestone rock formations.

Famous Evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould in Natural History magazine said,  “The fossil record with its abrupt transitions offers no support for gradual change, and the principle of natural selection does not require it — selection can operate rapidly. Yet the unnecessary link that Darwin forged became a central tenet of the synthetic theory.” He also tried to defend a fellow evolutionist, writing, “Goldschmidt raised no objection to the standard accounts of microevolution; … He broke sharply with the synthetic theory, however in arguing that new species arise abruptly by discontinuous variation, or macromutation.”(5)

This overt admission (by a prominent evolutionist) that life appeared suddenly, and that the fossil record does not support evolution has yet to reach the halls of academia, where evolution is still taught, and the fossil record is still used as proof. Yet Gould tries to rescue the theory with yet another unscientific proposal, seeming to believe that new species appeared fully formed in the past, but still, somehow he manages to call this evolution.  But for an interesting and very readable account of this story, please see the article by Scot Wall in the Houston Chronicle from 2008. (6)


(1) Saxby, J. D., Bennett, A.J.R., Corcoran, J.F., Lambert, D.E. and Riley, K.W., 1986. Petroleum generation: simulation over six years of hydrocarbon formation from torbanite and brown coal in a subsiding basin. Organic Geochemistry, vol. 9(2), pp. 69–81.

(2) P 148, Evolution Exposed,  2008, Answers in Genesis USA.

(3) Ibid, p. 151



(6) ibid


John 1:3  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.


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Emergency Room Physician. Student of science and student of scripture. Defending truth in a post-truth society. I believe that Truth exists, and I believe it is our duty and privilege to seek it out, amidst ignorance, frivolity, and misconceptions.

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