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Smallest Fossil Footprints

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I love fossils and fossil hunting.  Where I live in northern Kentucky, we have tons of marine fossils such as bryozoans, crinoids, brachiopods, pelecypods, and trilobites and I’ve collected my share of them.  I’ve also fossil hunted in other states where I’ve found fossils of various corals, oysters, shark teeth, fish, trees and leaves from land plants.  To my disappointment, I’ve never found anything really great except for part of an Isotelus trilobite that was nearly 6 inches across and at least 12 inches long, but it was too deteriorated to recover and it was in a state park.

I’ve always wanted to travel to some of the more famous fossil sites in the world to try my luck or skill in hopes of finding a really interesting fossil, but alas, I’ve never had the opportunity.  One of those places that would be on my list is Joggins Fossil Cliffs in Nova Scotia, Canada.  This fossil site is located on the Bay of Fundy where the highest ocean tides in the world occur.  The site is famous for its fossils of lush plant life and a variety of amphibians and trackways.

Imagine living near such a rich fossil area and being able to visit it every day.  Well, just ask Gloria Melanson as she is the daughter of Don Reid, known as the Keeper of Joggins Cliffs.  Gloria frequently gets to walk along the beach at Joggins Cliffs and one day recently, that walk paid off for her and she discovered a very tiny fossil trackway.

Upon examination, it was determined that this set of fossil tracks are the smallest set of fossil tracks of a vertebrate footprints ever found.  The tracks are believed to have been created by a newly hatched amphibian that was only about a third of an inch long from snout to tail.  The tiny feet measured only 0.06 inches long for the front feet and 0.9 inches long for the back feet.

Gloria described her exciting find saying:

This was one of the most exciting finds I have ever made and I am very pleased that, along with my colleagues, we are able to share it with the world. Every big fossil find is by chance; it’s all about being lucky and recognizing what you’re looking at. When I saw the very small tail and toes I knew we had something special. I never thought it would be the world’s smallest.

If I were Gloria, I’d be excited about finding the world’s smallest vertebrate trackway.  However, unlike Gloria, her father and all of the paleontologists involved in studying and identifying the fossil, I would not think of them as being 315 million years old.  I would see the tracks as evidence of the Genesis Flood.  For such small tracks to be so perfectly preserved, they must have been covered over very quickly by a large amount of fine sediment that covered the tracks as the Flood waters rose.

Same fossil evidence, different interpretation based upon our beliefs.  They believe in man’s idea of millions of years of godless random chance.  I believe in the infallible Word of God who told us what happened from the very beginning.  Who would you rather believe?

Reference:

World’s Smallest Fossil Footprints: Small Amphibian Roamed Earth 315 Million Years Ago, Science Daily, Sept. 11, 2012.

Rocks, Fossils, and Dinosaurs

It is interesting to note that absolutely no transitional forms have been found in the fossil record connecting any of the major groups of living creatures before or since Darwin for which peer reviewed support can be offered. Most fossils appear very similar to their living counterpart. It is as if they were created yesterday. Rocks, Fossils and Dinosaurs is a fresh look at this age-old controversy, written in a nontechnical way.

“Dr. Tom Sharp has captured a mighty evidence for creation and he has accomplished this task in a highly readable fashion. The fossil record emphatically does not provide support for evolution, but instead points to creation – not very long ago, and by a Designer like the One we read of in Scripture. Students confronted with agressive evolutionary claims would greatly benefit from reading this book. ” Dr. John Morris, President of the Institute for Creation Research

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  • blackhawk132

    evolution is like a lion or elephant evolving into a much smaller animal to better protect itself.Pure scientific rubbish.

    • dyerj4@gmail.com

      a large animal needs a large amount of food. if the food source is reduced, the larger animal will not be able to survive. the larger members of that population will not be as fit as the smaller members, which over time, will become more populous as their chance of survival and ability to reproduce becomes greater. (In other words, with less food, it becomes an advantage to be smaller because your need for food is smaller)

  • joggins guy

    not a bad article till the last two paragraphs. open up your eyes and do some research. there are hundreds of beds with tracks in them. impossible with one flood. think how tracks are made and you’ll see its impossible for a global flood to have buried them. And that’s just the tracks, not including trees, bones, plants all in separate layers with the tracks. With your way of thinking we here in joggins should have dinosaur bones with our other fossils. we dont!

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