Although evolutionists have repeatedly presented fossils as evidence for an earth millions of years old, creationists, using the same fossils and an opposing interpretation, conclude they are evidence for a young earth. As the remains of plants and animals are covered by sediment, fossils are created. The compressed remains are preserved and converted into minerals, leaving an imprint in stone. In order for an organism to be fossilized, the remains must be covered quickly; otherwise, the natural decaying process begins.
Fossils Can Form Quickly
Evolutionists believe the principle of uniformity, implying that small changes over extended periods of time brought about significant changes. They have long used fossils to argue for their supposed old age of the earth’s strata. However, fossils form quickly under special conditions involving rapid, immediate burial in mud just like Noah’s Flood would have provided.
Rapid fossilization, promoted by biblical creation, easily explains the existence of fossils. Because of local flooding and volcanic activity around the world, not every fossil can be dated back to Noah’s day. However, there are many fossils, such as polystrate fossils, that can only be explained by a worldwide Flood. As the waters were “going and returning” (Genesis 8), great amounts of sediment began to settle into layers. This event allowed ample time for the remains of many plants, animals, and humans to be buried quickly and fossilized. Rapid fossilization scientifically answers the questions as to how fossils are formed; and theories made to the contrary will always leave more questions than answers.