This is about some research reported by Physorg a couple of weeks ago: Creating ‘synthetic’ fossils in the lab sheds light on fossilization processes. They say, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
A newly published experimental protocol, involving University of Bristol scientists, could change the way fossilisation is studied. In addition to directly studying fossils themselves, experimental treatments of fresh organismal remains can be utilised to study fossilisation. One commonly employed experimental approach is known as ‘artificial maturation’, where high heat and pressure accelerate the chemical degradation reactions that normally occur over millions of years when a fossil is buried deep underground and exposed to geothermal heat and pressure from overlying sediment.
However, much maturation equipment is often limited by the use of small, sealed chambers which trap not only the highly stable organic molecules of interest to palaeontologists and organic geochemists, but also the breakdown products of less stable molecules that are less likely to be retained in fossils. Therefore, direct comparisons between the experiments and the fossils become complicated.
For example, when Evan Saitta, who recently submitted his Ph.D. at the University of Bristol’s School of Earth Sciences and is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, ran these more traditional maturation experiments on feathers during his MSc (also at Bristol), the result was a foul-smelling fluid.
So Saitta teamed up with some others and the result was a better method, described in Paleontology. You can read it online here: Sediment-encased maturation: a novel method for simulating diagenesis in organic fossil preservation.
This has excited Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. At the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry, he wrote: Fossils in Just 24-Hours? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
When you hear about fossils, it’s generally within the context of hundreds of thousands or millions of years. Indeed, a recent news article on lab-made fossils began with “fossils are certainly fascinating, but [they] do take rather a long time to form.” It later adds, “over the course of anywhere from tens of thousands to millions of years…the bones [turn] to stone.” But what did the lab-made fossils really demonstrate? [Hambo’s brackets and ellipsis.]
Tell us, Hambo — what did it really demonstrate? He says:
They showed it doesn’t take millions of years to form fossils! Scientists were able to make fossils from fresh specimens in just 24-hours — one day! [Gasp!] All it took was the right conditions (mostly heat and pressure). Scientists are hoping these quick-forming fossils will help them discover more about fossils.
But if you read the actual paper, it required a lot of heat and pressure. Ignoring those pesky details, Hambo tells us:
This research is fascinating and points toward something creationists have been saying for decades — it doesn’t take long ages to form fossils! [Wow!] Under the right conditions — which the flood of Noah’s time would have created [Hee hee!] — fossils can form quickly. And remember, to make a fossil requires a catastrophic event — the plant or animal needs to be covered quickly to be preserved.
So there you are, dear reader. Once again, Hambo has proved (to his drooling readers) that fossils aren’t old, the Earth isn’t old, the Flood was real, and all those godless, Darwinist scientists are fools!
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