This one starts out as a mystery from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Dinosaur Footprints Discovered on . . . the Roof of a Cave? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
If you were hunting for dinosaur footprints, it probably wouldn’t occur to you to look up — but that’s exactly where a team of researchers discovered a trackway of the footprints of a titanosaur (long-necked sauropod). In Southern France, researchers were crawling through a labyrinth of cave passages and discovered the prints, 1,640 feet underground.
Wowie — this is exciting! Then he says:
The researchers discovered 38 tracks, some of which were four feet long (now that’s one big dinosaur!), likely made by three of the giant creatures. A popular summary of this find describes the formation of these tracks this way:
[Hambo quotes from a blog:] They were likely made by three dinosaurs at the time when the area was on the surface, making up a muddy shoreline along which the giant creatures traveled. Over time, the site was buried by geological processes, with the tracks becoming moldings in the roof of a cave that’s half a kilometer underground.
He also tells us:
The abstract of the technical paper adds, “Some of the tracks are extremely well preserved and show impressions of digits, digital pads, and claws.” According to evolutionary thinking, these tracks are 166–168 million years old.
You already know what ol’ Hambo’s going to say about that age estimate, and he doesn’t disappoint us. He declares:
Now, consider what happens today when a creature walks along a muddy shoreline. They leave behind footprints, obviously. But do these footprints routinely become “trace fossils”? No! Why not? Because they are quickly eroded away [Which is why we don’t have billions of fossil footprints.] In order for footprints to be preserved as trace fossils, they must be buried quickly before they can erode. “Over time . . . geological processes” normally don’t bury and fossilize prints — they eliminate them!
Oh, so that‘s what geological processes do. Good to know. He continues:
But these fossils are not only preserved, some of them are preserved so well that the researchers could see delicate impressions. [Gasp!] This doesn’t point to slow and gradual processes or the fossils existing for 166 million years!
You didn’t know about the rule that says: “Sudden burial preserves, slow burial destroys.” Now you do, thanks to Hambo. Let’s read on:
Instead, it points to a catastrophe that could rapidly bury these tracks. Clearly something out of the normal happened.
Jeepers! What could it be? The thrilling answer is revealed at the end of Hambo’s post:
And that, we believe, was the catastrophe of the global flood of Noah’s day. The Bible explains what we see in the world.
Ooooooooooooh! He’s right, of course. Nothing else make sense. Wasn’t that wonderful, dear reader?
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