No, I’m not talking about some weird or exotic food.  Rather I’m talking about a strange looking creature that we only know from the fossil record.

Described as a tulip-shaped creature or stomach-on-a-stick creature, this odd specimen seems to have proliferated the ocean floor in the area of the world now occupied by the northern Rocky Mountains.  Known scientifically as Siphusauctum gregarium is one of the more common fossils found in the famous Burgess Shale deposit in British Columbia, Canada.

Siphusauctum may have looked like an underwater tulip, but it was actually a strange animal that stood about eight and half inches tall.  They consisted of a tulip-shaped bulobous gut that sat atop a stem that attached to the ocean bottom using small tentacles.  The enlarged bulbous gut is divided into three chambers.  The lower portion is an ovoid shaped lower tract that opened up into the large bulbous gut which then narrowed into a straight upper intestine which then emptied out through a terminal anal opening on the very top.

From the detailed fossils, scientists believe that these odd tulip animals were filter feeders.  They would take sea water into their gut which would filter out whatever nutrients they could and then expel the rest of the sea water out through the anal opening.

The report I was reading on the stomach-on-a stick said that they and other surrounding marine life must have been instantly covered up by an underwater mudslide and 500 million years ago.  The Burgess Shale fossil bed is classified by evolutionists as being Middle Cambrian, placing it smack dab in the middle of the Cambrian explosion of life.

Perhaps a better explanation of how the Burgess Shale formed and preserved so many soft bodied animals including jellyfish in such fine detail, would be to look and the Genesis Flood.  In the early stages of the Flood, the waters washing all kinds of silt into the waters which had violent currents swirling to and fro.  The magnitude of what was happening caused numerous landslides, both on land and underwater.  In all likelihood, the area that became the Burgess Shale was caught in one of these landslides caused by the Flood.

Can we prove it?  No.  Can evolutionists prove their theory?  No.

We both have the same facts.  The only difference is our interpretation of the facts.  They base their interpretation on the belief in millions of years of Godless evolution and we base our interpretation on the belief that God’s Word is infallible and that we have eyewitness accounts of the Genesis Flood from God and from those few who survived it.


Leach, Anna.  Ancient tulip-like stomach-onna-stick creatures found in Rockies, The Register, Jan. 20, 2012.

Researchers Discover Ancient Tulip-like Creature In The Canadian Rockies, Red Orbit, Jan. 20, 2012.

Unusual ‘Tulip’ Creature Discovered: Lived in the Ocean More Than 500 Million Years Ago, Science Daily, Jan. 18, 2012.

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