You’ve probably heard that most fossils were formed from living things that died before mankind evolved, and were buried slowly over millions of years. That storyline continues in school textbooks today because it is consistent with evolution, yet scientists know that it is not true.
“When an animal or plant dies its remains usually rot away to nothing. Sometimes though, when the conditions are just right and its remains can be buried quickly, it may be fossilised.”
Oxford University Museum of Natural History
“For a plant or animal to become a fossil… the remains have to be buried before they completely decompose or are eaten.”
“Fossilisation… frequently includes rapid and permanent burial. Fossil evidence is typically preserved within sediments deposited beneath water. Even fossils derived from land, including dinosaur bones and organisms preserved within amber (fossilised tree resin) were ultimately preserved in sediments deposited beneath water i.e. in wetlands, lakes, rivers, estuaries or swept out to sea.”
Most fossils were actually formed about 4300 years ago during the catastrophic global flood, when billions of living things were quickly buried in sedimentary rock layers, laid down by water, producing large fossil graveyards (Genesis 7:19-21).
There is a fossil graveyard in Africa, the cradle of civilization, that contains 800 billion vertebrates. One in Florissant Colorado has many fish and birds together, but fish and birds don’t typically live and die in the same environment. A fossil graveyard in Agate Springs Nebraska contains rhinoceroses, giant boars and camels, which are not indigenous to that area. Fossil graveyards like these are clearly indicative of a catastrophic global flood, as opposed to a gradual process over millions of years.
Rapid burial in water and sediment is also the obvious requirement for many fossils that we see today, such as delicate jellyfish, animals eating other animals, animals giving birth, etc.
If that were not enough, consider fossils of trees that go through many layers of strata (i.e. polystrate fossils). If you were to bury large portions of a tree in sediment, the rest would quickly die and rot. And this can’t happen over millions of years, since trees do not live for millions of years. In fact, we have proof that trees are not millions of years old.
Have you ever heard someone say that carbon dating has proven that some rocks on earth are millions or billions of years old? A statement like this is so inaccurate, that even evolution scientists would object. First of all, carbon-14 is only found in matter that was once alive, like bones or wood, not rocks. Secondly, carbon-14 will completely decay to nitrogen-14 in less than 100,000 years, so it cannot be used to date things that are supposedly millions of years old.
All living things have about the same level of carbon. It comes from the sun and gets absorbed into plants by photosynthesis. On a daily basis, we eat those plants, or eat animals that have eaten the plants and we all end up with that same level of carbon. Until we die, that is. Then the carbon starts to decay into nitrogen. The idea behind carbon dating is that you can determine how long something has been dead by comparing the levels of carbon and nitrogen.
Scientists can measure things like carbon and nitrogen in a fossil very accurately, but when they try to use that data to arrive at an age of the fossil, they run into problems. There are many examples where things were carbon dated thousands of years older than their known age. The problem lies in the assumption that the amount of carbon in the atmosphere has always been constant. That is not something that scientists can confirm hundreds of years ago, let alone thousands. Actually, we know that the magnetic field around the earth has been decreasing, so the amount of carbon in our atmosphere has been increasing. Creation scientists estimate that changes in the earth’s magnetic field and the pre-flood vegetation could inflate the radiocarbon dates by a factor of 10 times.
The RATE Project
To confront the issues with radiocarbon dating, a group of 8 PhD creation scientists embarked on an 8 year research project called the RATE project (Radioisotopes and the Age of The Earth). They examined data ignored or censored by evolutionists, who assume that fossils are millions of years old and therefore not appropriate for carbon dating. In one example they carbon dated fossilized wood samples that were encased in rock that was supposedly 40-250 million years old and all samples yielded significant and similar levels of carbon indicating an age for the original trees of less than 45,000 years. In another case, they carbon dated 10 samples of coal taken from different layers in the geologic column (Cenozoic: 34-55 million, Mesozoic: 65-145 million, Paleozoic: 299-318 million) and the samples all contained significant and similar levels of carbon yielding an average estimated age of approximately 50,000 years.
While carbon dating cannot be used to prove that fossils are millions of years old, any trace of carbon in a fossil indicates that it is quite young. In fact, if radiocarbon dates are indeed inflated by a factor of 10x, then the wood and organic matter that formed the coal above were 4500-5000 years old. This fits perfectly with the view that coal and most fossils originated from Noah’s flood, about 4300 years ago.
So, What About Dinosaurs?
How do we explain dinosaurs that lived millions of years ago? Actually, the oldest dinosaurs only lived about 6,000 years ago. They were created on day 6 of the creation week, along with all the other land animals (Genesis 1:25). Dinosaur fossils are assumed to be millions of years old based on the rock in which they are found, but there are many faulty assumptions with radiometric dating used to date rocks (see The Earth is Not Billions of Years Old).
Why are dinosaurs not found in the Bible? The word “dinosaur” was not invented until 1841, 230 years after the King James Bible was translated into English. That is not to say that dinosaurs cannot be found in the Bible. Behemoth (Job 40:15-24) and Leviathan (Job 41) appear to fit the description. What other large animal has a tail like a cedar tree? Certainly not an elephant or rhinoceros, as some commentaries suggest.
How could Noah fit Dinosaurs on the Ark? There was lots of room on Noah’s ark for each kind of land dwelling, air breathing animal. This was possible because after creation there were a much smaller number of created ‘kinds’ that have since diversified into the millions of species that we see today. For example, God created the original ‘cat’ kind with all the genetic information needed to diversify into all the feline creatures that we see today, such as lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, domestic cats, etc. Note that this is much different from the theory of evolution, which suggests that one kind of animal (e.g. cats) changed into another kind of animal (e.g. dogs) and that all plant and animal life came from a single-celled organism over millions of years by natural causes. Yes, there were dinosaurs on the Ark, but note that the average dinosaur was about the size of a sheep. Also, the point of preserving animals on the ark was so that they would reproduce, so the dinosaurs would have been small, young and about to enter their productive years.
There are other reasons to believe that dinosaurs lived with man (e.g. ancient cave drawings of dinosaurs, before dinosaur fossils were discovered) and did not evolve from birds over millions of years like evolutionists believe (e.g. some birds are found earlier in the fossil record than the dinosaurs they were supposed to have descended from). To understand more about fossils and dinosaurs, I recommend the resources below.