The Fossil Record: Evolution Evidence or Creation Science?

By Rory Roybal

The Fossil Record — Evolution Evidence or Creation Science?

Why is the Fossil Record Important?

We’ve all heard the evolution story, and how the fossil record proves it. According to modern science textbooks, life with intact DNA spontaneously arose from non-life long ago in a chemical ‘prebiotic soup’, and then gradually evolved into higher life forms, with living cells becoming plants, worms, clams, insects, reptiles, fish, birds, apes and man according to random chance and ‘natural selection’.

Charles Darwin popularized the evolution idea, and believed evidence for evolution would be shown in the fossil record by skeletal remains of ancient creatures. There were not nearly as many fossils found in Darwin’s day as we have today, but Darwin and other evolutionists fully expected that evolution would be completely substantiated by the fossil record as more fossils were found, revealing how species transitioned from one life form to another.

The fossil record is widely taught as the primary evidence for evolution in our educational system, complete with artist ideas that show progress of molecules to man. But does the fossil record actually reveal evolution?

What are Fossils, and How are Fossils Made?

Fossils are remains of creatures preserved in sedimentary rock, which is only laid down by water. They have been collected at almost all elevations throughout the Earth, including very high mountains and low valleys. Fossils are often randomly scattered vertically, and not arranged according to any discernible pattern from simple to complex as shown in most textbooks.

Fossils were once living creatures that were either alive or very recently died when they were sealed rapidly to preserve them. Fossils do not form if creatures are left exposed, because bones and tissue quickly decay and disintegrate. Millions of soft-bodied fossils have been found that would decay very rapidly, including even jellyfish (which are mostly water), so they must have been completely sealed in less than a day.

Until recently, mainstream geology taught that most of Earth history consisted of mild, uniform changes over long periods of time. Since recent evidence indicates many major catastrophes, however, professional geologists now acknowledge a largely catastrophic, not gradual uniformitarian model for Earth’s history.

What Does the Fossil Record Actually Reveal?

As a result of much work by archeologists, over 100 billion fossils have been found, and we now have over 100 million fossils in our museums. Among all these billions, however, not a single clear ‘transitional form’ that Darwin and other evolutionists fully expected to prove evolution was ever found. Evolutionists expected that there would be abundant fossils to reveal gradual transitions among species as they evolved, but only fossils of fully functioning life forms were found, showing creatures fit for specific purposes, and fossils of transitions among these life forms were never discovered.

Darwin recognized large gaps in the fossil record, but fully expected abundant evidence for those gaps would be found as more fossils were discovered in the future. Moreover, Darwin considered that if such intermediate fossils were not found, then his theory would have been proven false. However, now that our museums contain so many millions of fossils, credible transitional forms between species are still woefully lacking, despite many vain and transitory attempts to claim them. If he were alive today, Darwin apparently would have considered his theory of evolution unsubstantiated and therefore a failure.

Professional Evolutionists Say the Fossil Record Does Not Show Evolution

One of the most famous proponents of the theory of evolution was the late Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould. But Gould admitted the following:

“The extreme rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists as the trade secret of paleontology. The evolutionary trees that adorn our textbooks have data only at the tips and nodes of their branches; the rest is inference, however reasonable, not the evidence of fossils … in any local area, a species does not arise gradually by the gradual transformation of its ancestors; it appears all at once and ‘fully formed’.”

Stephen Jay Gould (Professor of Geology and Paleontology, Harvard University), Evolution’s Erratic Pace, Natural History 86(5):14, May 1977.

In a 1977 paper titled The Return of Hopeful Monsters, Gould stated:

“The fossil record with its abrupt transitions offers no support for gradual change … All paleontologists know that the fossil record contains precious little in the way of intermediate forms; transitions between major groups are characteristically abrupt.”

Stephen Jay Gould, The Return of Hopeful Monsters, Natural History 86, 1977, p.22.

Gould further wrote:

“The absence of fossil evidence for intermediary stages between major transitions in organic design, indeed our inability, even in our imagination, to construct functional intermediates in many cases, has been a persistent and nagging problem for gradualistic accounts of evolution.”

Stephen Jay Gould, Is a new and general theory of evolution emerging?, Paleobiology, vol. 6(1), January 1980, p. 127.

Finally, Gould said:

“We fancy ourselves as the only true students of life’s history, yet to preserve our favored account of evolution by natural selection we view our data as so bad that we never see the very process we profess to study.”

Steven Jay Gould, The Panda’s Thumb, 1982, pp. 181-182.

The senior paleontologist at the British Museum of Natural History, Dr. Colin Patterson, put it this way:

“Gradualism is a concept I believe in, not just because of Darwin’s authority, but because my understanding of genetics seems to demand it. Yet Gould and the American Museum people are hard to contradict when they say there are no transitional fossils … I will lay it on the line — there is not one such fossil for which one could make a watertight argument.”

Sunderland, L., Darwin’s Enigma, Arkansas: Master Books, 1998, pp. 101–102 (quoting Patterson’s 1979 letter).

In 2001, staunch evolutionist Ernst Mayr wrote the following:

“Given the fact of evolution, one would expect the fossils to document a gradual steady change from one ancestral form to the descendants. But this is not what the paleontologist finds. Instead, he or she finds gaps in just about every phyletic series. New types often appear quite suddenly, and their immediate ancestors are absent in the geological strata. The discovery of unbroken series of species changing gradually into descending species is very rare. Indeed the fossil record is one of discontinuities, seemingly documenting jumps (saltations) from one type of organism to a different type. This raises a puzzling question: Why does the fossil record fail to reflect the gradual change one would expect from evolution?”

Ernst Mayr, What Evolution Is, New York: Basic Books, 2001, p. 14.

David B. Kitts of the School of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Oklahoma wrote:

“Evolution requires intermediate forms between species and paleontology does not provide them …”

David B. Kitts, Paleontology and Evolutionary Theory, Evolution Vol. 28 (1974), p. 466

Paleobiology Professor Ronald R. West, Ph.D. said:

“Contrary to what most scientists write, the fossil record does not support the Darwinian theory of evolution because it is this theory (there are several) which we use to interpret the fossil record. By doing so we are guilty of circular reasoning if we then say the fossil record supports this theory.”

Ronald R. West, Ph.D. Paleoecology and Geology (Assistant Professor of Paleobiology at Kansas State University), Paleoecology and uniformitarianism, Compass, vol. 45, May 1968, p. 216.

David Raup, who was curator of geology at the museum holding the world’s largest fossil collection, the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, observed:

“[Darwin] was embarrassed by the fossil record because it didn’t look the way he predicted it would … Well, we are now about 120 years after Darwin, and knowledge of the fossil record has been greatly expanded. We now have a quarter of a million fossil species but the situation hasn’t changed much. … [W]e have even fewer examples of evolutionary transition than we had in Darwin’s time.”

David M. Raup, Conflicts Between Darwin and Paleontology, Field Museum of Natural History Bulletin 50 (January 1979), pp. 22-23, 24-25.

Even the famous ‘Lucy’ is no longer considered a missing link, but simply an ape. According to anthropologist Yoel Rak of Tel Aviv University:

“Lucy’s kind occupied only a side branch of human evolution. A. afarensis evolved into the relatively small-brained, large-jawed robust australopithecines but didn’t contribute to the evolution of modern people.”

Bower, B., Disinherited Ancestor: Lucy’s Kind May Occupy Evolutionary Side Branch, Science News Vol. 171, no. 15, April 14, 2007, p. 230.

The famous evolutionist Richard Leakey was quoted as saying:

“Echoing the criticism made of his father’s habilis skulls, he added that Lucy’s skull was so incomplete that most of it was ‘imagination made of plaster of Paris’, thus making it impossible to draw any firm conclusion about what species she belonged to.”

Referring to comments made by Richard Leakey (Director of National Museums of Kenya) in The Weekend Australian, 7-8 May 1983, Magazine, p. 3.

John Reader, the author of Missing Links, says:

“The entire hominid collection known today would barely cover a billiard table … the collection is so tantalizingly incomplete, and the specimens themselves often so fragmented and inconclusive, that more can be said about what is missing than about what is present. … but ever since Darwin’s work inspired the notion that fossils linking modern man and extinct ancestor would provide the most convincing proof of human evolution, preconceptions have led evidence by the nose in the study of fossil man.”

John Reader (photo-journalist and author of “Missing Links”), Whatever happened to Zinjanthropus? New Scientist, 26 March 1981, p. 802.

Anthropologist Dr. Tim White admitted:

“A five million-year-old piece of bone that was thought to be a collarbone of a humanlike creature is actually part of a dolphin rib. … He [Dr. T. White] puts the incident on par with two other embarrassing [sic] faux pas by fossil hunters: Hesperopithecus, the fossil pig’s tooth that was cited as evidence of very early man in North America, and Eoanthropus or ‘Piltdown Man,’ the jaw of an orangutan and the skull of a modern human that were claimed to be the ‘earliest Englishman’. The problem with a lot of anthropologists is that they want so much to find a hominid that any scrap of bone becomes a hominid bone.’”

Dr. Tim White (anthropologist, University of California, Berkeley). As quoted by Ian Anderson Hominoid collarbone exposed as dolphin’s rib, in New Scientist, 28 April 1983, p. 199.

The meaning of above quotes by leading evolutionists is obvious. Our science textbooks that state evolution as fact based on the fossil record have lied to us, and continue to lie to students. Billions of fossils have been found, revealing only distinct, functional creatures and no transitional forms, so provide powerful evidence for creation of distinct species, and no evidence whatsoever for evolution.

No Fossil Evidence, No Problem?

Millions of transitional fossil forms were expected to be found by evolutionists, but they never were. If transitional forms ever existed then abundant physical evidence should remain among billions of fossils already found, not one occasional ‘aha’ event after another with overstated claims that are later demoted and disproved, as all widely touted ‘missing links’ have been.

The so-called ‘Cambrian explosion’ is conventionally assumed to represent the oldest time period of animal fossils, but shows the majority of life on Earth suddenly appearing intact in the same time period with no known predecessors, and mostly in modern form. If living species did not naturally arise from non-life and transform from one kind into another, then each kind of life must have been intelligently designed and created.

In an attempt to explain away this overwhelming problem, many modern evolutionists have adopted a fanciful concept called ‘punctuated equilibrium’, which is based on the idea that evolution did not occur gradually as expected by Darwin, but instead occurred so quickly at certain points in time that no evidence was left in the fossil record. In essence, then, the lack of any fossil evidence to support evolution is declared as evidence that evolution occurred but left no evidence. This type of argument is known as circular reasoning (not the highest form of logic).

Rather than honestly declare the whole process a scientific failure, the ‘punctuated equilibrium’ concept was created to hang on to the evolutionary idea without even a shred of supporting evidence. Ideas that have no physical evidence aren’t scientific theories, but unscientific conjectures. Since there is no physical evidence whatsoever to support ‘punctuated equilibrium’, belief in it is unscientific.

Recent Soft Tissue and Living DNA in Supposedly Ancient Fossils

Soft tissue, living DNA and even intact blood has recently been found in many fossils, including dinosaur fossils. As in the popular movie Jurassic Park, these amazing finds have even inspired efforts to bring extinct creatures back to life! These finds include living DNA for creatures such as Tyrannosaurus Rex, which is conventionally been assumed to be over 70 million years old.

DNA has also been found in insects in amber dated from 25 to 135 million years old.

Bacteria supposedly 250 million years old have also been revived with no DNA damage!

DNA experts insist that DNA cannot exist in natural environments more than 10,000 years. Before these amazing finds, therefore, it was assumed that living tissue and DNA was far too fragile to be preserved in the fossil record, since it was supposedly millions of years old. Now that living tissue and intact DNA has been found in fossils claimed to be millions of years old, however, evolutionists are at a loss to justify their belief in evolutionary long ages despite clear evidence that disproves them.

Despite such powerful evidence for relatively recent age of these creatures and the rocks their remains were found in, evolutionists still claim such creatures and sedimentary rocks they were discovered in are hundreds of millions of years old, because of their devoted belief in long ages of evolution.

The presence of living tissue and intact DNA in fossils proves that fossils are only thousands, not millions of years old.

Ref.

Schweitzer, M., J. L. Wittmeyer, J. R. Horner, and J. K. Toporski, Soft-Tissue Vessels and Cellular Preservation in Tyrannosaurus Rex, Science, Vol. 307, 25 March 2005, p. 1952.

Mary H. Schweitzer et al., Heme Compounds in Dinosaur Trabecular Bone, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 94, June 1997, pp. 6291–6296.

M. Schweitzer and T. Staedter, The Real Jurassic Park, Earth , June 1997, pp. 55-57.

Detecting Dinosaur DNA, Science, Vol. 268, 26 May 1995, pp. 1191–1194.

George O. Poinar Jr., Recovery of Antediluvian DNA, Nature, Vol. 365, 21 October 1993, p. 700.
(The work of George Poinar and others was a major inspiration for the book and film, Jurassic Park.).

Raúl J. Cano et al., Amplification and Sequencing of DNA from a 120–135-Million-Year-Old Weevil, Nature, Vol. 363, 10 June 1993, pp. 536–538.

Rob DeSalle et al., DNA Sequences from a Fossil Termite in Oligo-Miocene Amber and Their Phylogenetic Implications, Science, Vol. 257, 25 September 1992, pp. 1933–1936.

Cindy L. Satterfield et al., New Evidence for 250 Ma Age of Halotolerant Bacterium from a Permian Salt Crystal, Geology, Vol. 33, April 2005, pp. 265–268.

Russell H. Vreeland et al., Isolation of a 250 Million-Year-Old Halotolerant Bacterium from a Primary Salt Crystal, Nature, Vol. 407, 19 October 2000, pp. 897–900.

R. John Parkes, A Case of Bacterial Immortality?, Nature, Vol. 407, 19 October 2000, pp. 844-845.

Geologic Strata Formed in Days, not Millions of Years

Before the Mount St. Helens explosion in 1980, it was conventionally thought that sedimentary layers like those in the Grand Canyon (pictured above) required millions of years to form. That long held idea has now been literally exploded by the Mount St. Helens event.

The Mount St. Helens explosion produced a valley complete with sedimentary layers (a mini ‘Grand Canyon’) that would conventionally be assumed to be millions of years old, but we know it only took days because we saw it happen. This proves conclusively that sedimentary layers can be laid down very quickly during catastrophic events, such as volcanic explosions and floods.

Mount St. Helens is firsthand, observational appearance of an event that could not have happened according to conventional old Earth evolutionary ideas, but we know it did happen because we were eyewitnesses to the event in recent history.

Since Mount St. Helens produced a valley with sedimentary layers in days, similar structures such as the Grand Canyon could also have been produced in a very short period of time by a major catastrophe, not millions of years as conventionally taught.

Ref.

John Morris, Steven A. Austin, Footprints in the Ash: The Explosive Story of Mount St. Helens, Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2003.

S.A. Austin, Rapid Erosion at Mount St. Helens, Origins Vol. 11, No. 2, 1984, pp.90-98.

S.A. Austin, Catastrophes in Earth History: A Source Book of Geologic Evidence, Speculation and Theory, El Cajon, CA: Institute for Creation Research, 1984, Monograph No. 13).

H.G. Coffin, Mount St. Helens and Spirit Lake, Origins Vol. 10, 1983, pp.9-17.

H.G. Coffin, Erect Floating Stumps in Spirit Lake, Washington, Geology Vol. 11, 1983, pp.298-299.

R. Decker and B. Decker, The Eruption of Mount St. Helens, Scientific American, Vol. 244, No. 3, 1981, pp.68-80.

P.W. Lipman and D.R. Mullineaux, eds., The 1980 Eruptions of Mount St. Helens, Washington, U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1250, 1981.

P.D. Rowley et al., Proximal Bedded Deposits Related to Pyroctastic Flows of May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens, Washington, Geological Society of America Bulletin, Vol. 96, 1985, pp. 1373-1383.

R.B. Waitt, Jr. et al., Eruption-Triggered Avalanche, Flood, and Lahar at Mount St. Helens — Effects of Winter Snowpack, Science, Vol. 221, 1983, pp. 1394-1397.

Doesn’t Radiometric Dating Prove the Earth is Billions of Years Old?

The most common ‘proof’ of long ages is radioactive dating, and evolutionary geology is the foundation for this idea. However, reliability of radioactive dating depends on a number of unprovable assumptions, so the age of the earth cannot be determined by this method. These unproved and unprovable assumptions include:

  1. Initial composition of the rocks (no daughter atoms in the beginning)
  2. Uniformitarianism (a constant, steady rate of radioactive decay)
  3. No parent or daughter atoms added to or taken from the rocks

If any of the above assumptions are wrong, projected timelines based on them are almost certainly wrong, and we have no way of determining rock ages.

Whenever we see rocks form today, we always see daughter atoms in the beginning, so evolutionary ideas about rock formation contradict observational science. We can’t possibly know the beginning state of the rocks or if radioactive decay processes have remained constant throughout all time, and without knowing if these foundational assumptions are true, the long age house rests on loose sand instead of the Rock.

Ref.

Larry Vardiman et al., Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth, Volumes I and II, El Cajon, CA: Institute for Creation Research, 2000, 2005.

Is There More Scientific Evidence for a Young Earth?

In addition to living tissue and DNA found in fossils previously thought ancient, many ‘clocks’ show that Earth is only thousands, not millions or billions of years old, such as:

Earth’s Rotation

The rotational speed of the Earth is gradually slowing down because of gravitational drag forces of the sun and moon as well as other factors. If the Earth were billions of years old, as claimed, it would already be in tidal lock with the sun, the same way one side of the moon always faces the Earth.

Lord Kelvin, the renowned 19th-century physicist, used this slowing rotation as a reason why the Earth could not be very old. He calculated that Earth’s rotational speed would have been twice the present speed if it was over 7 billion years old. This decline in rotation rate is now known to be even greater than previously thought, so if the Earth had existed for even 5 billion years as conventionally claimed, then the difference between polar and equatorial radii would have been significantly greater than it actually is.

Moreover, if original rotation rates were greater, as a great age for the Earth would require, continents would have been distributed in tropical regions (near the Equator), and oceans would have collected in temperate and polar regions. This is a distribution that Kelvin also mentioned, and he noted that the lack of this continental/ocean distribution also falsifies a great age for the Earth.

No one has successfully challenged Kelvin’s physics to this day, but long age advocates have simply chosen to ignore it. By both Lord Kelvin’s original calculation and modern ones of this basic planetary movement and continental distribution, the Earth cannot be billions of years old.

Ref.

Burchfield, Joe D., Lord Kelvin and the age of the Earth, New York, NY: Macmillan, 1975.

Planetary Magnetic Fields

Carl Friedrich Gauss, the famous physicist and mathematician, made the first measurement of Earth’s magnetic field in 1835, and it has been measured ever since. Earth’s magnetic field has now been accurately measured for over 150 years, and loses more than half its energy every 1,500 years. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, based on 130 years of measurement, the Earth’s magnetic field will be completely gone by the year A.D. 3991. Projecting backward in time at this proven rate, if the Earth was over 10,000 years old, its 50x stronger magnetic field would have generated enough heat to liquefy the planet, and a million years ago would have completely vaporized the planet.

According to these measurements and projections of a fundamental planetary process, the Earth could not be over 10,000 years old.

Ref.

R.S. Coe, M. Prévot, and P. Camps, New evidence for extraordinarily rapid change of the geomagnetic field during a reversal, Nature 374:687-92, 20 April 1995.

Snelling, A.A., Fossil magnetism reveals rapid reversals of the earth’s magnetic field, Creation Ex Nihilo, vol. 13(3), 1991, pp. 46- 50.

Humphreys, D.R., Beyond Neptune: Voyager II Supports Creation, ICR Impact, no. 203, May 1990.

R.S. Coe and M. Prévot, Evidence suggesting extremely rapid field variation during a geomagnetic reversal, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 93, April 1989, pp. 292-298.

Humphreys, D. R., The Creation of Planetary Magnetic Fields, Creation Research Society Quarterly 21(3):140-149, December 1984.

Barnes, T.G., Origin and destiny of the earth’s magnetic field, Institute for Creation Research Technical Monograph No. 4, Institute for Creation Research, El Cajon, CA, 1983.

K. L. McDonald and R. H. Gunst, An analysis of the earth’s magnetic field from 1835 to 1965, ESSA Technical Report IER 46 – IES 1, July 1967, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., Table 3, p. 14.

Carbon-14 in Coal, Diamonds and Dinosaur Fossils

Carbon-14 is often assumed to prove that the Earth is millions or billions of years old, but this is a common misconception. Carbon-14 has a short half-life less than 6,000 years, so both evolutionists and creationists agree that radiocarbon dating is only useful for dating relatively young things, thousands of years old, and is invalid for measuring alleged long ages of evolution. Items older than 250,000 years (at most) should be completely ‘carbon-14 dead’, with no carbon-14 remaining at all. Things like coal, diamonds and fossils are usually not tested for carbon dating, since coal is already assumed to be tens to hundreds of millions of years old, and diamonds are assumed to be over a billion years old. In recent years, however, a key technical advance allowed much more precise measurement of the ratio of C-14 to C-12 atoms using an ion beam accelerator and a mass spectrometer, called the accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) method. Using the much more precise AMS method, leading radiocarbon laboratories in the world consistently found significant amounts of carbon in coal and diamond samples. If coal or diamonds were really millions or billions of years old (as evolutionists claim), no traces of carbon-14 would have been found.

Similarly, in 1990, two dinosaur bone fragments were submitted to the Department of Geosciences at the University in Tucson, Arizona for carbon-14 analysis. One fragment was from an unidentified dinosaur, and the other was from an Allosaurus excavated near Grand Junction, Colorado in 1989. The carbon-14 analysis indicated that the dinosaur bones were between 10,000 and 16,000 years old, not 60-70 million years old as typically assumed.

To defend their long age assumption, evolutionists claim that all these samples must have been contaminated by outside carbon, but modern AMS methods eliminate the possibility of carbon contamination, and all samples from many different sources consistently showed the same results. Moreover, diamonds cannot be contaminated since they have incredibly strong lattice bonds.

C-14 in coal, diamonds, and dinosaur fossils consistently shows they are only thousands of years old, not millions of years old, revealing that evolutionary long ages are false.

Ref.

Baumgardner, J. R. et al., Measurable 14C in fossilized organic materials: confirming the young earth creation-flood model, Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Creationism, vol. II, Creation Science Fellowship, 2003, Pittsburgh, PA, pp. 127-142.

A. A. Snelling et al., Radioisotopes in the diabase sill (upper Precambrian) at Bass Rapids, Grand Canyon, Arizona: An application and test of the isochron dating method, in Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Creationism, R. Ivey, Ed., Creation Science Fellowship, 2003, Pittsburgh, PA, pp. 269-284.

F. H. Schmidt, D. R. Balsley, and D. D. Leach, Early expectations of AMS: Greater ages and tiny fractions. One failure? — One success, Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B, 29:97-99, 1987.

Helium in Zircons

Uranium and thorium decay by emitting alpha particles of helium nuclei as they decay to lead. Analysis of helium content of zircon samples conventionally considered to be over a billion years old revealed extremely high helium retention in these crystals. Helium should have diffused out of the zircon samples very rapidly and be completely gone if the Earth were more than several thousands of years old, and it certainly could not be billions of years old.Accelerated decay in zircon samples shows the Earth and its zircon cannot be more then 6,000 years old (give or take 2,000 years), not billions of years old as conventionally assumed.

Ref.

Humphreys, D.R., Critics of Helium Evidence for a Young World Now Seem Silent, Journal of Creation, v. 24, no. 1, 2010, p. 14-16.

Humphreys, D.R., Young Helium Diffusion Age of Zircons Supports Accelerated Nuclear Decay, in L. Vardiman et al., Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth, Volume II, El Cajon, CA: Institute for Creation Research, 2005, pp. 25-100.

Armitage, M.H., Helium Retention in Deep-core Zircons, American Laboratory, July 2004, pp. 17-20.

Humphreys, D.R., S.A. Austin, J.R. Baumgardner, and A.A. Snelling, Helium Diffusion Age of 6,000 Years Supports Accelerated Nuclear Decay, Creation Research Society Quarterly, v. 41, n. 1, June 2004, pp. 1-16.

Humphreys, D.R., New RATE Data Support Young World, Impact, no. 366, 2003, Institute for Creation Research.

Humphreys, D.R., S.A. Austin, J.R. Baumgardner and A.A. Snelling, Helium Diffusion Rates Support Accelerated Nuclear Decay, Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Creationism, R. Ivey (ed.), 2003, Creation Science Fellowship, Pittsburgh, PA.

Humphreys, D.R., S.A. Austin, J.R. Baumgardner and A.A. Snelling, Precambrian Zircons Yield a Helium Diffusion Age of 6,000 Years, American Geophysical Union Fall Conference, 2003b, Abstract V32C-1047.


Long age evolutionists only selectively promote ‘clocks’ that generate long age timeframes, and then use them to brainwash trusting ‘students’ as if they were established fact. Dates yielded from the above models and many others are more scientific than those typically promoted by long age evolutionists, but this clear evidence for a young Earth is unscientifically ignored simply because it doesn’t fit with a long-age evolutionary worldview.

What Does the Fossil Record Actually Show?

All fossils reveal distinct, fully functioning creatures that show purpose and design, but never transitional forms with partially developed features. The most natural explanation for rapid burial of fossils in sedimentary rock (only laid down by water) at all elevations all over the Earth is a worldwide, catastrophic flood. Contrary to what our science textbooks claim, the most recent fossil evidence reveals that the Earth is not millions or billions of years old, and evolution from one species to another never occurred.

Fossils show powerful evidence for a young Earth, creation of distinct creatures, and a worldwide flood, exactly as a straightforward reading of the Bible account and much other ancient history around the world indicates. Skeptics invent all kinds of reasons why the obvious isn’t true, not because geologic evidence demands it, but simply because they don’t want to acknowledge the existence of a Creator (God). Evolution of life from non-life, or from one species to another has never been observed, not even once. The fossil record is exactly what we would expect to see if species were intelligently created, and exactly what we do see.

Free Your Mind

Both creation and evolution models have a ‘story’ to interpret fossils and other evidence we see, but the creation model fits evidence much better. Modern evidence clearly supports recent creation of distinct species, but there has been consistent and decisive failure to uncover tangible evidence to support evolution for centuries. Since evolution is taught as scientific fact through the educational system, all other views are typically ridiculed as religious and unscientific, and the public continues to be deceived. Most of us are well aware of the evolution story, but relatively few have been informed about the powerful evidence for creation, which would enable students to make an unbiased, reasoned decision. Since the age of the Earth cannot be determined by observational science, educators and schoolbooks should present different worldviews of an intelligent Creator as well as naturalism, and allow students to make their own choices, instead of brainwashing them with the intolerant religion of evolution.

Even though the teaching of evolution has dominated academia for decades, most people still believe in a Creator, since the idea of complex design without a designer is so contrary to real world personal experience and true science. Now even the primary evidence for evolution, the fossil record, proves recent creation.

Don’t be deceived by the fable of evolution. God designed and created each kind of life fully formed and fit for specific purposes only thousands of years ago, as the fossil record clearly shows.

For further reading

John Morris, Frank Sherwin, The Fossil Record, Dallas, TX: Institute for Creation Research, 2010.

Andrew A. Snelling, Earth’s Catastrophic Past: Geology, Creation & the Flood, Dallas, TX: Institute for Creation Research, 2009.

John Morris, The Young Earth: The Real History of the Earth., Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2007.

Donald DeYoung, Thousands not Billions: Challenging the Icon of Evolution, Questioning the Age of the Earth. Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2005.

Larry Vardiman et al., Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth, Volumes I and II, El Cajon, CA: Institute for Creation Research, 2000, 2005.

Duane Gish, Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No!, El Cajon, CA: Institute for Creation Research, 1995.

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6 thoughts on “The Fossil Record: Evolution Evidence or Creation Science?

  1. This is just excellent. Great piece of writing here, dealing with facts. And the quotes from leading followers of the religion of evolution. Yet still so many people are in denial of the evidence staring them in the face. It saddens me when I try to point out that the very proof they are seeking are in the form of fossils on the top of tall hills in sedimentary rock, that as you correctly stated, can only be laid down by water, in a short time period. I live in the Midlands in England, in the furthest point from the sea, yet we regularly find fossils of sea creatures, shells etc. People offer all sorts of alternative ‘theories’ rather than accepting the truth which is written before them. Also on a slight side note, if you google my name, there was a gentleman who I shared that name with, who found human fossils and had them analysed, and proved to be human – but he was laughed at by science as it simply did not fit in with their accepted models, and no one wanted to put their head above the parapet and say anything different. He is dead now but still is ridiculed by scientists who offer no alternative explanation or evidence, just resort to playground tactics of mocking him, even though he is no longer with us. That speaks volumes to me also. Thanks for writing and I’m glad I stumbled upon it, I will be sharing with those of my friends who are open minded enough to read it objectively. Keep up the good work!

    • Hi Ed, and thanks for the encouragement and sharing with others. The longer I live, the more profound I find how blind people can be when they don’t want to believe something. Thankfully though, some see and believe when we speak the truth in love. You keep up the good work also!

  2. Have always known but this is a very well versed and put together presentation of Gods creation of the earth! I like how unbiased in religion it is and presented as fact and not leaning on a doctrine interpretation of the Bible. I read it outloud for hours to my wife and 14yr old daughter whom we homeschool. VERY educational. Ty for the awesome study and your time! Joseph, UPC in LA.

    • Hi Joseph. I’m so glad you and your family liked this! I try very hard to base these articles on established facts and not religious interpretations, so they can be edifying to skeptics as well as believers. If you think good, please share with others. Blessings, Rory.

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