Tuesday, March 13, 2012 8:47 AM

Sinking or Floating Fish

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 8:47 AM
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 8:47 AM

There is a classic textbook illustration of how marine fossils occurr. It shows a drawing of a fish that has died and sunk to the bottom of the river. Over a period of time, river sediment gradually covers the fossil. This is then uplifted by slow earth movements, and then exposed by faulting.

 Any fisherman knows that this is not what happens to fish when they die. The following amusing illustration gives a better understanding of what happens to dead fish. They do not sink—they float.

 It is much more likely that a fish fossil is produced by sudden covering by sediment. Such a scenario is consistent with the creationist view that most fossils were formed in the Flood. However, school textbooks continue to teach children a method of fossilization which is demonstrably erroneous.[1]


[1] Taylor, P. (2007). Truth, lies and science education (111). Leominster, UK: Day One Publications.

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