“Some kinds of catastrophic action is nearly always necessary for the burial and preservation of fossils. Nothing comparable to the tremendous fossiliferous beds of fish, mammals, reptiles…
found in many places around the world, is being formed today.” 1
John C. Whitcomb and Henry M. Morris
Fingerprints of the colossal global catastrophe are strewn across the North American west, etched into the landscape in a cavalcade of landmarks. California’s glacier-carved Yosemite Valley; Arizona’s Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest and that gigantic meteor crater; Yellowstone Park’s super volcano in Wyoming; Utah’s Monument Valley and the Great Salt Lake; and those dinosaur fossil cemeteries in Colorado.
Yosemite’s Half-Dome, a silent monument to antiquity,
marks the relentless march of time and the path of a glacier
that eroded its front half while tracing a trail through the valley.
Washington’s Scablands and the Canadian Rockies guard the fossils that compose the Burgess shale. Still living Redwoods, Sequoias and Bristlecone pines preserve a glimpse of an antiquity that used to be. And of course the Los Angeles La Brea Tar Pits offer a bonus glimpse of pre-history.
Prolific fossil residue hints at sudden hydraulic burial.
A treasure chest of 20,000 fossils has been discovered fifty feet below the surface of a southwestern China mountain. A team of “scientists led by Shixue Hu of the Chengdu Geological Center detailed their findings online, Dec. 22 , in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.” The cache includes “exceptionally well preserved” fossils “with more than half of them completely intact, including soft tissues.” 2
Even with sudden burial from catastrophic hydraulic action preventing early decay, “soft tissues” could not have survived for millions of years. The presence of “fossil land plants suggest the marine community lived near a conifer forest” in a “tropical climate.” 2
Another treasure-trove of tiny fossil embryos discovered in China was “…most likely buried alive one day in a sudden catastrophic overflow of sediment.” 3 Absent such a process, dead organic material, exposed to the surface, will decay naturally and disappear in short time.
The Permian mass extinction event, conventionally dated at 251.4 million years before the present, took out a majority of insects, an estimated 70% of terrestrial vertebrates and a staggering 96% of marine life.
Extinctions were not necessarily the by-product of the failure of some ancient species to compete for survival, unable to transmit its “unaltered likeness” to some “distant futurity” descendant.
When living organisms are suddenly swamped by water, then buried and pressured by tons of mud and sand, while being deprived of oxygen, fossils can result. Sudden inundation by water-borne sediment has wiped out entire species, creating jumbled masses of disarticulated fossil bones, jammed together in fossil graveyards.
The hydraulic-powered, cataclysm reported in Genesis, emerges as the prime candidate powering the event that tore apart an entire ecosystem and caused across-the-board extinctions of plant and animal life. Species extinctions and ecological decline remain the cataclysm’s legacy.
While both before and after the violence of the Global Flood, local hydraulic action has likely contributed to the multiple layers of mud and sand sediment that creates and preserves fossils, the worldwide flood stands as the ultimate source of fossil formation.
Marine life relics of pre-history have been discovered strewn across landmasses thousands of feet above sea level on the slopes of the Andes and the Himalayas, far from present day oceans.
“Fossilized dinosaur tracks scale sheer mountain cliffs, which are tilted topsy-turvy by some unseen, latent power—trademark testimony to the magnitude of cataclysmic force…”
This is an excerpt from a chapter of the 2016 Edition
of “Three Days Before the Sun”, now available
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