You’ve all heard of the Cambrian Explosion. Wikipedia says it’s “an event approximately 541 million years ago in the Cambrian period when practically all major animal phyla started appearing in the fossil record. It lasted for about 13 – 25 million years and resulted in the divergence of most modern metazoan phyla.”
According to the Discoveroids, it was that magic moment (lasting perhaps 25 million years) when their intelligent designer — blessed be he! — came to this privileged planet to tinker with the primitive biosphere to create the basic forms of life we now see.
But according to a recent article at PhysOrg, Fossil secret may shed light on the diversity of Earth’s first animals:
A large group of iconic fossils widely believed to shed light on the origins of many of Earth’s animals and the communities they lived in may be hiding a secret. Scientists, led by two from the University of Portsmouth, UK, are the first to model how exceptionally well preserved fossils that record the largest and most intense burst of evolution ever seen could have been moved by mudflows.
Until now, it has been widely accepted the fossils buried in mudflows in the Burgess Shale in Canada that show the result of the Cambrian explosion 505 million years ago had all lived together but that’s now in doubt. … Now, Dr. Nic Minter and Dr. Orla Bath Enright have found that some of the animals which became fossils could have remained well preserved even after being carried large distances, throwing doubt on the idea the creatures all lived together.
So now what are we supposed to think? Fortunately, we have guidance from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). As you know, he’s the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
Hambo’s new article at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry, is titled The Cambrian Explosion — An “Illusion of Animal Communities Which Never Existed?”. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
What does it mean when you find fossils buried together? I’ve asked this question to audiences across the world for many years. The answer? It means they were buried together! [Amazing!] Evolutionists [the fools!] often use fossils from the same stratigraphic layers and geographical area to construct a model of the ecosystem during that supposed epoch of time. But they weren’t there [Hee hee!], so how can they know all those creatures lived together and weren’t just buried together?
What’s he saying? Stay with us, all will be revealed. Then he mentions the research that the PhysOrg article discuses, and he says:
These scientists examined well-preserved fossils from Cambrian rock layers, modeling how these fossils might have been moved and buried by mudflows. Their fieldwork and laboratory tests concluded that — contrary to long-held assumptions — the creatures buried together in the fossil-rich Burgess Shale might not have all lived together. Instead, creatures might have been transported many miles in mudflows without being damaged before being buried and preserved together, thus creating “the illusion of animal communities which never existed.”
So what does it mean? Hambo explains:
Rock layers, and the creatures buried in them, aren’t really snapshots of past ecosystems from millions of years ago. Those rock layers and fossils were formed during the global flood [Ooooooooooooh! The Flood!] when mudflows were flowing, volcanos were polluting the atmosphere and depositing thick layers of ash, the fountains of the great deep were bursting from massive fissures in the ground, thick rain was pouring from the sky, and tidal waves were wreaking havoc on soon-to-be-devoured coastline communities. It was a catastrophic time like no other!
Good, huh? He continues:
Fossils give us some indication of the creatures and ecosystems that existed before the flood, but we must remember that it was a world being destroyed by a world-altering global flood — not a peaceful world slowly being preserved over eons of time.
Yes, you gotta keep that in mind. Let’s read on:
The researchers note they don’t know “precisely what caused the mudflows which buried and moved the animals which became fossilized, but the area was subject to multiple flows, causing well-preserved fossils to be found at many different levels in the shale.”
But Hambo knows! He explains:
Starting with the eyewitness account of history from the One who was there, I can confidently tell them what caused these mudflows — the global flood of Noah’s day! And until they understand the true history in God’s Word, they won’t properly understand or interpret geology or paleontology.
And that’s the end of Hambo’s article. Stunningly brilliant, huh?
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