Fossil Graveyards

Genesis 7:21

“And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man:”

News reports were majoring recently on a fossil graveyard found in North Dakota. Reports suggested that the graveyard must have been formed when a large wall of water threw hundreds of fish onto a sandbar in a river estuary, while those fish were pelted from above by little glass beads. These glass beads were supposedly formed by the dust thrown up as the meteor which killed the dinosaurs hit the Earth. The large numbers of fish are intermingled with tree trunks, mammals, insects, part of a triceratops and ammonites. It certainly seems clear that this graveyard was produced by a catastrophic event. But the only catastrophic event that evolutionists can think of is the supposed meteor strike at Chicxulub.

One report described the North Dakota graveyard as “unique”. While this graveyard had certain features not seen in others, there is nothing unique about a fossil graveyard. Although the process of fossilization is rare, it is still quite common to find many fossils in the same place – often from wildly different species. And each such fossil graveyard is a testimony to catastrophe.

For so many creatures to have been killed all at once in the same place, something unique must have happened. We have often suggested that different rock layers imply not different eras but different ecosystems. So the onset of the worldwide Flood would have caused local conditions similar to that which we observe. The graveyards point to the truth of Genesis, not to some deep-time process.