Stranger Things–Creationist’ Views of Speciation and Natural Selection in the 1980s

Today, young-earth creationists are actively promoting a new model of the origin of the diversity of life on Earth.  This speculative view borrows a number of elements found in any typical evolutionary biology textbook. For example, modern YECs claim that most and possibly all species alive today—except humans—are related to numerous other, though not all, […]

Faith in Flood Geology? Dogmatic Assertions of Expertise

Everyone is an expert in something but they can’t be an expert in everything.  At some point we all have to rely on the expertise of others to guide us through our lives.  I am a biologist, however, the vastness of the field of biology leaves me in the position of deferring to the knowledge of […]

Squeezing the Lost Grand Canyon of Egypt into the Young Earth Paradigm: An impossible* Task

In Egypt the Nile River Valley conceals a massive canyon that once was as deep and wide as the Grand Canyon in Arizona.  We have explored the origins of this lost canyon in the previous posts.   We found that geologists attribute the origins of this massive canyon to the great drying up of the Mediterranean […]

The Lost Grand Canyon of Egypt, Part III: A Brief Chronology of Events

A massive canyon lays hidden below the Nile Valley in Egypt.  In Part II we looked as how this massive canyon was formed. Before we go on to look a bit deeper into this canyon and how it fits into Biblical chronology lets look at the chronological sequence of historical events—according to the consensus of geological experts—that must […]

The Lost Grand Canyon of Egypt, Part II: Origins of the Nile River Valley

A meandering river on a wide river plain running through Egypt is the source of one of the best-known ancient civilizations.  But the Nile Valley has a deep secret.  A huge canyon lies buried underneath the Nile Valley attesting to an ancient history of events that took place long before the Egyptians came to inhabit […]

Snakes Preserved in Dinosaur Nests – Another Problem for Creationist’ Flood Geology

An eleven-foot snake slithers among a cache of eggs and a sauropod dinosaur hatchling.  Before it can grab the hatchling a landslide or windstorm buries the eggs, hatchling and snake.  This is the scene preserved in Late Cretaceous deposits in India (Wilson et al. 2010).  These same rocks have yielded thousands of sauropod eggs, hatchlings, […]

The Lost Grand Canyon of Egypt: Another Monument to an Ancient Earth

The Grand Canyon is one of the best-know geological formations on earth.  Today I want to introduce you to another geological formation you have probably never heard of.   I call this canyon the lost grand canyon of Egypt.  Through a series of four posts I will introduce you to this amazing canyon and demonstrate that […]

Piles of Fossil Poo: Providing a Peek into the Past

One headline reads “Giant Prehistoric Toilet Found” another refers to the discovery of an ancient latrine.  Don’t know how I missed those headlines when the first news was released. Surely had I seen that headline I would have had to clicked on it to find out what that was all about.   The actual title, The […]

The Ark Encounter’s Hyper-evolutionary Model Underestimates Speciation Rates

How many animals did Noah preserve on the Ark?  I often see critics of young-earth creationists (YECs) challenge Noah’s Ark with the question, how could Noah have fit all two million species on the ark?   When I see this challenge posed on Facebook or Twitter it is invariably coming from an individual that knows very […]

Local Catastrophes Happen: Mega-Tsunami Moves 700-Ton Boulders Uphill

A volcano slides into the sea causing an 800 foot wave to crash onto into an adjacent island. As that wave crashes onto land it picks up 700-ton boulders and throws them uphill leaving them stranded far above their source.   It sounds like a plot from a Hollywood movie but this is real.  It happened in the Cape Verde Islands off of the west coast of Africa long ago.

Natural Pitfall Traps: Preserving a History of Unfortunate Events

You can learn a lot from a series of unfortunate events.  Collapsed caves can leave entry holes on the surface that become hazards to local fauna.  The image below is from inside a famous natural pitfall trap in Wyoming. The surface above is rather flat and prey running from a predator sometimes fall into this hole […]

Pterosaurs and the Inevitable Road to Extinction–A Young-Earth Creationist’ View of the Rapid Loss of Biodiversity on Earth

We are currently in the midst of an extinction crisis.  Species are disappearing at an ever-accelerating pace. It is striking that not long ago the idea that any species could go extinct was unthinkable.  Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-1788) was one of the first to suggest that extinction was a possibility. But during Leclerc’s […]

A Young-Earth Mystery: If Dinosaurs and Humans Lived Together Before the Flood, Where are the Fossils?

If a global Flood destroyed all humans except Noah and his family just 4350 years ago, why don’t we find human fossils in the same layers of rock believed to be set down by Noah’s Flood? This is a perfectly natural and appropriate question for a young-earth creationist (YEC) to ask. After all, according to […]

The Ark Encounter Sits on a Foundation Made of Trillions of Fossils

The Ark Encounter theme park in Kentucky is literally built on trillions of dead things.  This fact would seem to support Ken Ham’s popular response to what we would expect had the world been subject to a global flood: “Billions of dead things in rock layers…”   But the fossils that form the foundation of his Ark park […]

The Lost World of South American Ungulates: A YEC Ungulate Problem

Life is incredibly diverse.  Millions of species fill the seas, land and skies of our planetary home.  It seems as if there is no end to the discovery of new animals, plants and other life forms.  As a biologist who teaches a class about plant diversity, I can always count on discovering a new group of plants […]