Back in November of 2010, we posted two articles on the discovery of the oldest fossil shrimp: ‘Remarkably Preserved’ Shrimp Is 350 Million Years Old?, ‘Oldest’ Fossil Shrimp?.  In those articles we discussed how this one fossil shrimp extended its known fossil range by 115 million years (evolution date) and how finely preserved it was.  Today I want to take a quick look at what this fossil and others really tell us about the evolutionary interpretation of the geological column.

Currently sedimentary rocks are extremely difficult to date by any radioisotopic method.  Therefore, the prevailing method of dating sedimentary strata is by what fossils are found in what particular layer.  The initial concept behind this dating mechanism was that these index fossils were suppose to occur in short time spans, thus enabling paleontologists to globally correlate strata. 

However, as more and more fossil hunters have been scouring the earth, hundreds of new fossils are constant being uncovered.  Many of these fossils end up extending the known fossil range for that particular fossil.  Case in point is the oldest fossil shrimp, Aciculopoda mapesi.  Previously, the oldest specimen has been found in early Triassic dated at 245 million years (evolution date).  This current specimen was found in late Devonian dated at 360 million years (evolution date).  The new find completely jumped the Permian, Pennsylvanian and Mississippian layers and extended the fossil range for it by 115 million years (evolution date). 

We’ve also reported a couple of other fossils that have had their ranges extended further back: Oldest Dino Embryo?, Oldest Land Plants! Really?, Oldest Dino! Really?

About 5-7 years ago I read an article reporting that an entire stratum of rock had been reclassified and the dates changed because of the discovery of a particular fossil.  Because of this, all of the other fossils previously found in this stratum were also reclassified and their dates moved back by over 15 million years (evolution date). 

An example of an index fossil found outside its given index would be Dictyoclostus americanus.  Considered to be one of the key index fossils of the Pennsylvanian strata, it has also been in Permian and Mississippian strata.  Therefore, if one finds a Dictyoclostus americanus fossil, how do you know for sure that the rock layer you found it in is Pennsylvanian and not Permian or Mississippian?  Instead of the supposed age of the rock layer being between 300 to 319 million years old (evolution date), it could be anywhere from 201 to 359 million years old (evolution date), an error factor of over 700%. 

Let’s see if we understand this.  You find a fossil and it is dated to a certain date because of the rock layer it is found in.  The rock layer is dated because of certain fossils that are found in that layer.  Those fossils were dated because they were found in that particular rock layer which was dated because of the fossils it contained and so on and so on.  But wait, that index fossil that was used to date this layer of rock could also be found in the major strata above and below this one, so is it this date or that date?  . 

Make sense to you?  This folks is one of the basic premises behind evolutionary geology and the dating of the earth.  And don’t forget that evolutionists empathically claim that this is fact.  The only fact I see in all of this is that something died and was preserved. 

How we interpret those facts is based largely upon our presuppositional beliefs.   For an evolutionist, those presuppositions are of hundreds of millions of years of death and random processes.  For a biblical creationist, those presuppositions are only thousands of years based upon God’s Word.  We would interpret the majority of the fossil record to God’s judgment on the earth in the form of a worldwide Flood as He tells us in Genesis 6-8.

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