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Are there simple, single-cell life forms in the Cambrian layers?

To answer the question of simple, single-cell life forms in the Cambrian layers, this article will discuss the following propositions: (1) There are no “simple life-forms”; (2) there is no such thing as a “Cambrian” layer; and (3) nearly all types of life are found in all the layers of the earth. (This would be expected from Noah’s Flood. See Seminar Part 6.)

There are no “simple life-forms”

Any living organism, even a single-celled amoeba, is more complex than the space shuttle! A great book called Darwin’s Black Box by Michael Behe explains the unbelievable complexity found in single-celled creatures. Most biology textbooks these days teach that all life-forms evolved from “simple, single-celled life-forms.”

There are several things to consider here:

  1. There are no “simple life-forms.” If it is alive—it is extremely complex.
  2. Many single-celled creatures have been observed for thousands of generations with no significant change.
  3. Single-celled creatures still exist and reproduce. Why aren’t any of them evolving?
  4. There are no examples living or fossilized of two-, three-, or four-celled creatures.

After one-celled creatures, the “simplest” animals have about one hundred cells. How did the single-celled creatures become multi-celled?

There is no such thing as a “Cambrian” layer

The “geologic column” does not exist as portrayed in textbooks. Although index fossils have been found in the supposed order in twenty-six places (way less than 1% of the earth), no actual single example of the entire standard geological column exists in nature. Rocks are dated by the fossils they contain and fossils are dated by the rock layers they are found in! This is circular reasoning.

Next, consider the index fossils used to date the layers. Trilobites are often said to identify layers as being so many millions of years old. However, see what evolutionists themselves say about these “simple” creatures. Trilobite eyes have “the most sophisticated eye lenses ever produced by nature.1 “The eyes of early trilobites…have never been exceeded for complexity or acuity…”.2

Petrified Trees

As  discussed in the Seminar Part 4 (“Lies in the Textbooks”), petrified trees standing up often run through many layers of rock that have been dated as millions of years different in ages. Wouldn’t the trees rot while waiting to be buried?

Nearly all types of life are found in all the layers of the earth

All major phyla of plants and animals are found in the so-called Cambrian layer of rock. The slight amount of sorting that can be seen in the fossils is best explained by the Flood. Fish fossils are not normally found with cow fossils, because they don’t hang out together to drown and be buried together. This is covered on our Seminar Part 6.

Think about it—why do the kingdoms, phyla, and classes that first appear in the fossils still exist today? Why is there no evidence for gradual evolution?

Lastly, there is no “fossil record.” There are trillions of fossils, but they are not found with a date or tag on them. Someone with a preconceived idea of evolution puts his interpretation on them.


From the book Help! I’m Being Taught Evolution In My Biology Class by Dr. Kent Hovind.

  1. Lisa Shawver, Science News (February 1974):72)
  2. Stephen J. Gould, Natural History (February 1984): 23)

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