The other week when I checked out that amazing page of a fossil collecting trip to Europe, I was really struck by something. Fossils are evidence of huge numbers of animals who died.
If you haven’t watched the video, I encourage you to go to Southern Ontario Creation Flood Evidence Museum’s trip page and scroll 3/4 of the way down to their video of the Fossil Horseshoe Crab. First you see these little markings through the sand (now rock). These tracks continue for a few feet (there may have been more, but the rock is broken behind, so we don’t know) and then end with a fossilized horseshoe crab.
One of the things that Evolutionists and Old-Earth Creationists can comfort themselves by thinking is that fossils lived out their lives and then were slowly buried by everyday processes. We don’t have pleasant stories like that to ease our sorrow. Fossilized animals were alive up to a few moments of their burial in many instances and we can see that.
Here are some more examples:
- Fossilized Jellyfish (just so you know, dead jellyfish don’t regularly make it to the sea floor. The only time they’ve been observed to sink to the bottom was in the Gulf of Oman. The jellyfish remains rolled down the continental shelf in a meter [yard] wide mass. That is not the way we find them fossilized)
- Fish eating other fish
- Dino eating dino
- Snake eating Dino
- Ammonite (extinct spiral-shelled sea creature) didn’t get to swallow its snail and crustacean meal
- Ichthyosaur giving birth to her baby that never quite made it out (everyone knows about this one, but finding a picture for you was hard. The blog I found is great, you just have to scroll almost halfway down a long page to see her)
There are a number of other evidences for rapid burial of creatures that weren’t dead before they were entombed under a bunch of water and mud, but these are more than enough to get the idea.
For all we learn from the fossil record, it is still a sad testimony of the consequences of people’s sin and how much God is willing to do to clean His world. With authority comes responsibility. God takes our actions very seriously.
But why are people even important to you? Why do you take care of human beings?
You made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.
You put them in charge of everything you made. You put all things under their control:
all the sheep, the cattle, and the wild animals, the birds in the sky,
the fish in the sea, and everything that lives under water.
Lord our Lord, your name is the most wonderful name in all the earth! Psalm 8:4-9
Institute for Creation Research: Fossils Show Rapid and Catastrophic Burial
Answers in Genesis: The Key to the Age of the Earth