There has never been anyone like Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. You’ll be amazed by what he just posted at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry. His modest headline is Ken Ham Solves Great Paleontological Mystery. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Tucked away in the corner of a museum in Japan is a slab of limey shale. This rock features something incredible — 259 fish, with scales, eyes, and fins — frozen as if in mid-swim. It appears these fish were preserved in the position they were in the instant they died. But how on earth is this possible? Fossil experts are confused, but I’ve solved the mystery!
What a great guy! That fossil was discussed in this article at PhysOrg two weeks ago: Evidence found of fish swimming in unison 50 million years ago. They mention a paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Inferring collective behaviour from a fossilized fish shoal, which you can’t read without a subscription.
But what Hambo refers to as an incredible mystery isn’t regarded as particularly mysterious by PhysOrg. They say:
The specimens in the slab appeared to be juveniles, but there was no evidence indicating how they had been entombed together and so quickly — the researchers suggest it might have happened as the result of a collapsing underwater sand formation. The researchers were intrigued by the positioning of the fish — almost all of them were swimming in the same direction in a pattern reminiscent of modern fish that swim in uniform schools.
Let’s get back to Hambo. He says:
A recent article reported on the attempt by several experts to discover how this fossil, found in the Green River Formation, was formed (and I encourage you to go to the article and see the photo — it’s a truly incredible fossil!).
He describes the mystery:
One expert, who has studied other fossils from the Green River Formation, said that the school of fish probably died together because of a volcanic eruption, a mass of oxygen-poor water, or a temperature shift, and then all the fish fell to the bottom of the lake and were aligned by the current and then fossilized. But mathematical models appear to rule out this explanation. Others have suggested maybe a collapsed sand dune buried them, but they admitted “they don’t have a great explanation.”
But I do!
Ooooooooooooh! Hambo has solved the mystery! He explains:
Since I start with the history in God’s Word, I have the proper lens with which to view the world. This school of fish was catastrophically buried by water-borne sediments during the immediate aftermath of the global flood of Noah’s day. It’s no great mystery!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! You didn’t see that coming, did you?
Skipping a few paragraphs of detail about the Flood, he finishes with this:
The processes we observe in the present don’t explain what we see in the fossil record. But the Bible’s history explains what we see in the world. It explains the fossil record!
Ooooooooooooh! Hambo is so wise!
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