Generally, the process of how fossils form is not in dispute. The questions of when they formed and how long it takes to fossilize are what is debated. Here are some basic points to remember.
- The earth has trillions of fossils
- Most animals alive today have been found as fossils
- The fossils are nearly identical to today’s plants and animals, except many are bigger!
- If there has been any evolution, the fossils don’t show it—unless it is backwards.
- Fossils are not seen forming today in any significant numbers.
- Fossils are often extremely well preserved—even internal organs of insects have been preserved. This indicates a very rapid burial—before they could rot.
- Many fossils show obvious signs of great stress and nearly instantaneous burial. Some still have their last meal halfway in their mouth!
- Fossils occasionally are found intruding into several different rock layers of rock that have been given different ages, by millions of years.
- All known types of fossils can form quickly. The Flood of Noah provides exactly the right conditions to form fossils by the trillions.
- The fossils are not normally found in the order pictured in the textbooks or predicted by evolution.
- There are hundreds of examples showing rapid fossilization. We have a fossilized pickle, found still in the jar. The jar was made between 1930 and 1960. Ripley’s Museum in St. Augustine, Florida has a cluster of fossilized peanuts. There are pictures and references on Seminar Part 6 of several dozen examples, like a fossilized teddy bear.
- There is no “fossil record.”
There are trillions of fossils, but they don’t talk. People put their own interpretation on the fossils and then assume that their interpretation is now a “record.” That makes no sense! There seems to be good evidence from fossils that some plants and animals have gone extinct, but that is the opposite of evolution.