The Soom Shale deposit in South Africa is revealing a treasure trove of exquisitely preserved fossils. Some of the fossils are so detailed that one can make out the eyes, muscles and some internal organs.
A team of scientists from the University of Leicester’s Department of Geolgoy have been studying the unique and sometimes bizarre fossils found in the Soom Shale layer. Located near Table Mountain in South Africa, the Soom Shale deposit is only a few meters thick and according to evolutionists it dates to about 440 million years ago.
Sarah Gabbott and Jan Zalasiewicz, the team leaders on this study have marveled at how well preserved these specimens are when so many other fossils are more fragmented and less detailed. Using a specially designed petroscope, they conducted a microscopic analysis of the shale layers to see if it would yield any special features. That analysis revealed that the shale layers were made up of a myriad of silt grains, neatly wrapped in the remains of marine algae.
Based on their findings the authors reported:
We investigated why these animals are so marvelously preserved, when most fossils are just fragments of bone and shell? The answer seems to lie in a bitter wind, blowing off a landscape left devastated by a massive ice-cap…The silt grains are sedimentary aliens — much bigger than the marine mud flakes in which they are embedded. They could only have been blown by fierce glacial winds on to the sea surface from that distant landscape. Arriving thick and fast, they carried nutrients into the surface waters, fuelling its prolific life. The deep waters, though, were overwhelmed by rotting, sinking vegetation, becoming stagnant and lifeless — ideal conditions to preserve the animal remains, down to their finest details. A cold wind, here, was key to both life and death.
So let me get this straight. The land was devastated by a massive ice cap – is the ice cap gone or still there? If the ice cap is gone, what’s the source of the bitter cold winds and if the ice cap is still covering the landscape, how could all the silt grains blow off into the sea? Secondly, the winds arrived fast and furious – over how much time? The winds seem to be responsible for the prolific life yet at the same time the silt grains are still arriving thick and fast enough to bury all of the life it is proliferating?
This makes as much sense as the supposed early prebiotic world that created the first amino acids and proteins necessary for life in an open environment that would have broken them back down as soon as they were created, but that is how life got started, isn’t it?
If you believe this, then I have a bridge to sell you!
A better explanation of how these organisms were buried and preserved quickly is that they were caught in some of the early flood deposits and are a testimony to God’s judgment on a wicked and vile earth. They should also serve as reminder that the earth will again be judged only this time with fire and not water.
Remarkable Preservation of African Fossils Explained, ScienceDaily, Jan. 21, 2011.