Fossilized animal tracks and trackways occur at many different locations around the world. They can be used as tools, not only in animal behavioral studies, but also within the context of Flood-related events.

This article will not address a comprehensive review of all the secular and creationist literature published on these ichnological features. Rather, I contend that fossilized animal tracks/trackways, and specifically those found along the Appalachian Mountains, can assist in determining the timing of tectonic uplift within the context of the global Flood.

Defining tracks and trackways within a creationist geological timescale

Creationist and uniformitarian scientists both agree that animal tracks and trackways occur in the rock record (note: I use the term “rock record” to refer to the actual rocks and not a philosophical framework). Not surprisingly, the issue of age-dating the fossilized footprints has significance to proponents of Uniformitarian/Evolutionary philosophy and Young-Earth Creation theology. A diluvial geologic timescale has been constructed defining the rock record within biblical history (Froede, 1995, 2007a), and fossilized animal tracks and trackways are important components of such a timescale (Figure 1)

Constraining track and trackway formation in biblical history

The biblical chronology of Earth history indicates that winged fowl were created on Day 5 (Gen. 1:21) and that all of the remaining animals were created on Day 6 (Gen. 1:24-25). Thus, we would not expect tracks/trackways to have formed any earlier than the fifth day of the Creation Week.  These footprints could have formed through the first 40 days of the Flood (Gen. 7:4), or perhaps as late as the 150th  day (Gen. 7:23-24).

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