Should we expect any such fossils?
Rudi T. from South Africa writes regarding our article Where are all the human fossils?. CMI’s Dr Emil Silvestru responds:
AA Snelling’s article “Where are all the human fossils?” refers.
Relating to possible destruction of human remains, Snelling mentions several highly destructive factors which would be found in the global Flood. These are difficult to deny, and in fact they are what one would expect.
My question, then, is this: how can we argue on the one hand for a destructive Flood, and on the other hand, appeal to the same Flood to preserve imprints left in soft sediments (such as pawprints)?
The preservation of vertebrate animals would be a hit-and-miss affair in a highly turbulent Flood, but still plausible. In the light of the forces involved, however, it seems difficult to imagine how animal prints, water ripples, etc., would remain preserved at all.
Is there a model for any of this, and/or is work proceeding or being contemplated on such a model? Or are we in a position where we allow rapid burial to preserve prints in great detail one moment, but with animals and humans being destroyed entirely by turbulence in the next moment? In other words, is the evidence fitting into a constantly-updated model, or is the evidence being explained away? If we’re alternately appealing to opposing mechanisms, sans model, just to make the evidence fit in, isn’t that rather close to what the evolutionists are doing?
Thanks for your attention, and for all the great resources on your site! May God bless your ministry.
CMI’s Dr Emil Silvestru replies:
Thank you for your inquiry. This is a recurrent topic for our ministry and one that is very pertinent. Dr. Snelling’s answer is providing a good general framework for solving this puzzle. I would add to it the geographical distribution of antediluvian human population as well as its size. It seems quite obvious by the analysis of the first 6 chapters of Genesis that pre-Flood the sea was not really part of regular human habitat. In fact the word ‘sea’ appears only twice up to chapter 9. So I believe it is reasonable to assume that most antediluvian human habitation was rather far from the sea/ocean. As for the antediluvian global population, using the estimates of growth between the Flood and the Resurrection of Christ (from 8 to about 300 million see Where are all the people?) from the creation of Adam and Eve the population doubled about 17 times, which means the population was much smaller than in AD 1. The Bible also suggests that the population was concentrated in urban areas at that time (unlike the evolutionary model of ancient societies). It is therefore reasonable to assume that—as the Flood waters advanced—most of the population massed together onto the highest elevations and were eventually swept by violent water flow or simply drowned once no more land was available….
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