Basic Evidence for a Worldwide Flood

Within a creationist view, many things can be expected under the conditions of such a flood because floods are known for laying down rocks and fossils. First, the fossils should show catastrophic and rapid formation, there should be clearly defined kinds of plants and animals with no transition forms in between, and both simple and complex organisms should exist from the beginning. Second, larger fossils should become polystrate in position as the flood layers quickly settle into place. Third, there should be human artifacts to be found in the fossil record. Furthermore, there would likely be layering where sea life is buried first. The bodies of animals and humans would be less likely because of rotting and decaying.

Death Position

Many animals, both small and large, are fossilized in a position with the head arched back as far as possible while the legs are found in almost any position. This can be interpreted as a sign of asphyxiation. The animal could not breathe because it was rapidly buried and it was trying to reach air to breathe.

Polystrate Fossils

A polystrate fossil is a fossil which crosses through multiple rock layers. This suggests that the rock layers were formed quickly and buried fossil rapidly. The alternative, which seems unrealistic, is to consider that the fossilized item was able to stay in one place for millions of years without rotting while it was slowly buried. They are commonly associated with thick layers of sedimentary rock and Carboniferous coal-bearing strata. Polystrate fossil forests are found in North America, Europe, and Australia.

Cambrian Explosion

The Cambrian Explosion is geologic layer where complex forms of plants and animals suddenly appear. These forms represent virtually all major forms of life. Most strikingly, there are no simpler forms of life preceding this layer for the vast majority of types to suggest evolutionary changes. This layer probably represents the lower sections of the flood deposition layers.

Large Fossils

Many varieties of modern plants and animals are found in large sizes in the fossil record. These are predicted to have existed before the flood and show how conditions have changed. Just as Scripture records the lifespan of people dropped dramatically after the flood, similar probably occurred with plants and animals.

Rapid Diversification

According to a scriptural timeline, about 4,300 years have passed since the time of the flood. This includes an ice age shortly after the period of the flood. During this time, rapid diversification would have occurred within animal kinds as they spread out and moved into new habitats. This diversification is not a sign of evolution in progress, but is instead simply the breeding out of characteristics that already exist within the animals.

XLIC. Last Updated: 25/01/2016
Todd Elder

Todd Elder

Todd Elder has a deep desire to understand and experience Creation. As a Baraminologist, his current research includes developing the Katagenos Species Concept, the Natanzera Classification System, and the Floral Formula Method of determining Plant Kinds. As an author and speaker, his books and seminar materials are designed to encourage a growing relationship with the Creator.
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