Adam, Eden, and the Corruption of Nature: A Thorny Young-Earth Assumption

A screenshot from Creation Today video posted on Eric Hovind's young earth creation website June 2012.  Here we see Australian McKay showing proof that these fossils were created after Adam's fall. The proof?  There are thorns on this plant fossil.

Are the existence of plant thorns and thistles proof that the world can only be a few thousand years old?  Yes! according to most young-earth creationists. I’ve written several times about thorns and creation (eg. The Prelapsarian Acacia and the Good Creation:  On the Origin of Thorns) but a video available at creationtoday.org – a small fringe young-earth […]

Where is the Next Generation of Creation Scientists?

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Where is the next generation of creation scientists?   I don’t mean the next generation of believers in creation science but the next generation of young-earth experts who will continue the legacy of Morris, Austin, Humphreys, Woodmorappe, Wood, Bergman, Oarde, Baumgardner, etc… I believe that this has to be a question that many of the first-generation creation […]

Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter to Usher in a Modern Day Reformation?

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Ken Ham would have us believe that the modern reincarnation of the young-earth creationist movement, which he claims began only 55 years ago, is the real deal this time.  Unlike previous attempts over the past 300 years to create a history of the Earth with a recent global flood as a centerpiece, this time his para-church apologetics […]

The Grand Canyon: Magnificent Witness to Earth’s History

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The Grand Canyon is one of the most iconic geological features on Earth.  Its immensity of the canyon regularly causes those that have peered into its depths to wonder about its origins.  How could such an awe-inspiring canyon have formed? This fascination with the Grand Canyon has fueled a long a history of geological research.  As a result there is a wealth […]

John Ray on Flood Geology in 1695: Words that Still Apply Today

Snail shell, San Diego CA. Photo: Joel Duff 2014

Modern young-earth creationism has deep roots.  The essential elements of flood geology were established in the 1600s though much of what passed as flood geology at that time might be difficult to recognize today.  One thing that hasn’t changed is the style of rhetoric frequently used to promote flood geology to the general public. To […]

Diatoms: Tiny Organisms Highlight Big Inconsistencies in Young Earth Flood Geology Models

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I am frequently struck, while reading literature by young earth creationists, by how often authors seeking to resolve one problem are unaware of how many new problems their explanations create. Yesterday I came across an article by Dr. Snelling of Answers in Genesis in which he discusses his YEC explanation for the origin of oil and coal.  In this case the […]

Dogmatic Assertions of Expertise: Having Faith in Flood Geology

In Badlands National Park in South Dakota, August 2013. Photo by Joel Duff

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 […]

Life in a Glass House: Diatoms Shatter Young Earth Flood Geology

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Recently, while researching the diversity of life found in the fossil record for a seminar I will be giving in a few weeks, I was drawn into the fascinating world of diatoms.  Diatoms, which are single-celled organisms that live in glass-houses in almost any moist environment, are visually stunning, and so I thought I might use […]

Psalm 104 – Evidence of Post-Flood Plate Tectonics?

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For some time I had been planning to write about the use of Psalm 104 in creationists circles as evidence for a physical description for tectonic events following a world-wide flood.  Specifically, versus six through nine of Psalm 104 have been suggested to be not a reflection on creation, as is the traditional reading, but […]

Adam and The Fall: A Thorny Young Earth Assumption

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My WordPress tag reader led me to this video posted on Eric Hovind’s “Creation Today” website.  This site is what Dr Dino’s website presence morphed into after the arrest and conviction of fringe creation scientists Kent Hovind.    What caught my eye was that today’s video highlighted evidence of creation from thorns.   I have been thinking […]

An Ancient and Alien Forest Reconstructed: A challenge for young earth creationism

Reconstruction of a 300 million year old permian forest found in China. None of the plants in this forest exist today though some fern-like trees have similarities to modern day tree ferns.

Recent studies (see references below) of multiple intact fossilized forests provide a very detailed account of the presence of an seemingly alien forest that was found multiple locations across the entire globe at some point in the past.  A forest completely devoid of the presence of any flowering plants such as oaks, maples and beech […]

Forests During the Age of the Dinosaurs – A Cretaceous Reconstruction

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Continuing on with the theme of the last several posts which examined reconstructions of fossil forests here are the results of another research paper released this past week (reference below).  In this study the authors examined records of more than 2200 fossilized wood collections just from Cretaceous aged rocks at locations all around the world.  […]

Preservation of Behavior: Fossilized Elephant Tracks from the Arabian Peninsula

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A fascinating set of fossilized tracks from the United Arab Eremites have been described recently in the journal Biology Letters.   Additional background information about the find can be found HERE.  The tracks have been described as having been formed by elephants and are possibly the largest continuous set of trackways discovered to date of any animal. […]

Fossil Eggs, Nests, Floods and Stressed Pregnant Dinosaurs

Dinosaur eggs found together in what was likely a nest.  Eggs like this have been found in clutches all around the world.

This is a follow-up to my previous post on the 15 juvenile dinosaur fossils found in a nest.   In that post I mentioned one of the explanations by flood geologists (ie. young earth creationists) for the presence of fossilized dinosaur eggs in the fossil record is that dinosaurs somehow escaped the initial stages of […]

Juvenile Dinosaur Fossils in a Nest: Testimony to Rapid Burial but Not by a Flood

Remains of 15 baby dinosaurs in a nest. Click to enlarge this image. Image credit: Dr. Kh. Tsogtbaatar

Another remarkable fossils find has been reported in the past few days. This involves 15 complete or nearly complete fossils of juvenile dinosaurs all preserved in what is apparently a large 2-3 foot wide nest.   I have obtained the original journal article that described this fossil find in detail.   The paper “A nest […]