Q:  Many animal fossils and fossilized footprints, tracks, nests, etc., are found in layers high up in the strata, on top of layers that were laid down earlier in the Flood event. My question is: How did those animals — and, apparently, groups of animals in some cases — survive the catastrophic events accompanying the deposition of the lower layers?

A: Background: In general, the geologic record is divided up into four pieces or divisions. The lowermost “piece” is referred to as the Precambrian. Most of these rocks were created during the Creation Week or ere formed between the Creation Week and the Flood. For the most part, they lack fossils. Most Creation geologists believe rocks representing deposits from Noah’s Flood begin sometime late in the recambrian and also include the next two main divisions, named the Paleozoic and Mesozoic.

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