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QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What can we learn from a fossil graveyard?

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Q: What can we learn from a fossil graveyard?

A: The Messel Pit in Germany is a fossil graveyard. The exquisite preservation of the animals there is consistent with rapid catastrophic burial, not centuries of gradual burial allowing for distortion and decomposition. The global Flood of Noah's day, around 4,300 years ago, is recorded in biblical history in the book of Genesis, confirmed by Jesus Christ Himself, and attested to by a large portion of the fossil record in general as well as fossil graveyards around the world. The Flood itself and post-Flood catastrophes swept away and sorted countless animals and plants and buried them in water-borne sediment. Some were buried en masse, creating fossil graveyards.
Layers in the fossil record reveal the order of burial, not the order of evolving life. There are fossil graveyards found at many different levels in the geologic column around the world. This particular fossil graveyard, in Eocene rock, is fairly high in the geologic column—high enough that many creationist geologists believe it represents a group of animals suddenly and catastrophically buried amid the unstable conditions in the aftermath of the global Flood.
Read the whole article to consider more fossil evidence from the Messel Pit—animals catastrophically buried in the global flood.

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If the global Flood cataclysm really occurred as described in Genesis 7–8, then what evidence would we look for? Wouldn't we expect to find billions of dead plants and animals deposited rapidly by water in rock layers all over the earth? In this illustrated lecture, Dr. Andrew Snelling demonstrates that is exactly what we find.

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