Living Fossils

No question you have heard the claims from young planet creationists about living fossils. A “living fossil” is a microorganism that is believed to have been vanished, then it shows up alive on planet earth.

The case by young earth creationists is that these living fossils are evidence that the planet is young. The reasoning is that given that all microorganisms were alive just 4,300 years back, before the moment that they date the Flooding of Noah, after that it is sensible to assume that they are still active today.

I’m sure everybody is aware of the most renowned living fossil, the coelacanth, the fish thought to be extinct 65 million years back. In 1938, a specimen was discovered off the coast of South Africa, as well as since then some more have been captured and taken a look at. Besides the coelacanth, Answers in Genesis offers numerous instances in the short articles connected above.

Determining an Organism’s Lifetime

How is a fossil’s life range is restricted? When a microorganism is found in the fossil record, paleontologists try to find the earliest and also youngest specimen to identify it’s life array. For instance, if the oldest specimen of varieties of dinosaur is in a rock development dated through the Berrasian Age of the early Cretaceous, then the earliest this dinosaur lived is about 140 million years ago (140 Ma). If the youngest part of this same types is from the Turonian Age of the Late Cretaceous, after that it died out regarding 90 million years ago. Thus, the dinosaur is stated to have lived from 140 to 90 Ma.

After this date range is released, an additional example of this dinosaur is discovered in a rock bed measured to the Santonian Age of the Late Cretaceous. It appears this suggest the earlier days were wrong … certainly. However the incorrect dates were not based upon uncertainty, however on a lack of complete evidence. Now, this dinosaur’s life expectancy is said to be from 140 to 84 Ma.

Scientists make this kind of adjustment regularly. New fossils are discovered, prolonging the recognized life expectancy of the microorganism due to brand-new fossil discoveries.

There is no technique or deceptiveness for the scientist … he/she is merely analyzing the readily available proof to reach a final thought.

Just what occurs when a fossil type is located to be active, such as the coelacanth? It’s understood life expectancy is expanded … that’s it! It doesn’t’ indicate the earth is young; it does not also offer significant evidence for a young planet. For the coelacanth, its lifespan was prolonged from 400-65 million years ago to 400 Ma to the present. This data could indicate nothing further.

When it comes to our dinosaur if it were discovered alive today, generally the young planet creationists would certainly declare it is a living fossil. The actual scientific world would just readjust its lifespan to 140 Ma to today. There would certainly be no panic in the scientific globe … they would certainly not question if the earth is just 6,000 years old. The rest of the evidence shows an ancient earth, and one living dino would certainly not oppose that.

The visibility of a living fossil in no way is proof for a young planet. Yes, some fossils sometimes show up living, but there are millions much more which are long gone, which went vanished millions of years earlier, as well as there is no proof they live today. Consequently, we have countless extinct types, as well as a handful of so-called “living fossils” which have a gap of numerous years in the fossil document. The evidence strongly supports multiple years of extinction, and also an old earth.

When a “living fossil” is found, YECs normally get on it and also declare it as evidence of a young earth. Nonetheless, when they comprehend at this set straw and also bring attention to it, they are disregarding the 50-foot high haystack where it came from.

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