Fossils are the fossilized remains of animals and plants found in sedimentary rock layers called the Geologic Column by secular scientists which gives us a view of the past. But is this past millions upon millions of years old or fairly recent like about 4,500 years old. Scientists long before Carbon14 dating of rocks came about, developed what was called the Geologic Column which broken down into “eras” called the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic Eras. These eras are further broken down into “periods” where they get individual rock layers starting with the Cambrian and ending with the Quarternary, (Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, Tertiary, and the Quarternary). All the fossils before Carbon14 dating were forced to fit into different rock strata dates. They did this by using a few test samples which fit the 19th century dates. The rest were discarded. The Geologic Column devised when very little was known about strata and fossils.
The Uniformitarian Theory by Charles Lyell came about from his book, “Principles of Geology” which gives way to long geological ages. Did these rock layers (strata) form over millions upon millions of years or were they formed more recently from sediments laid down by a worldwide flood, that rapidly buried organisms to form the fossils we are finding today. Lets look at the evidence that actually points to a recent creation and worldwide flood that buried these organisms in the sedimentary rock layers.
Fossil graveyards (boneyards) are very interesting because of the many fossilized bones of dinosaurs that are usually mixed with the fossilized bones of other reptiles, mammals, birds, and even fish. If these graveyards were produced by local floods these bones would not be here today. For example, if dinosaurs were overwhelmed and buried by local floods, then why do such floods today never fossilize large (or even small) animals when these floods occur today? Plus, local floods deposit their loads in thick clumps, often within a river channel. Something very different was required to spread dinosaur and other animal parts into a thin, flat mud layer sometimes stretching across several states and then cover them with another mud layer before it hardened. Whatever really caused fossil graveyards gives the explanation how the dinosaur and other animal carcasses avoided rotting before they could be fossilized.
Polystrate fossils are fossils found through many strata rock layers. Polystrate fossil trees gives good evidence that these sedimentary rock layers were laid down very rapidly. How could a tree be fossilized within many layers if each layer took millions of years to form. The tree would of rot (decayed) before the next layer was laid down. Polystrate fossil trees are found all around the globe.
Soft pliable tissue that was found in dinosaur fossil bones could not of lasted for 65 million years. Recently, paleontologists discovered soft, pliable blood vessels still contained in a Tyrannosaurus rex femur bone.dated to 68 million years old. Blood vessels are not minerals or rock. They are made of proteins which cannot possibly last for millions of years. Other original soft tissues found were ligaments, muscles, skin cells, bone cells (osteocytes), stomach and intestine lining and scales. These soft tissues are so stunning because we know that such tissues have a shelf life, like food in a pantry. They react with other chemicals, spontaneously disorganize, and turn into dust over time.
The Bible’s history clearly lines up with the clues gleaned from fossils. Noah’s flood (Genesis 6-8) provides by far the most reasonable source of water and power required to deposit the massive fossil graveyards. The polystrate fossils show they were rapidly buried in water borne sediments which in turn became rock. Finally, original soft tissues, cells, and proteins fit Scripture testimony of the world that is just thousands of years old. Fossils most significantly confirm creation and the Flood.