December 11, 2004 

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Q: How can extinct fossil creatures still be living?

A: It all started in Australia, at the Riversleigh fossil deposits in North West Queensland.

Quotable quote:

“If there were a basic principle of matter which somehow drove organic systems toward life, its existence should easily be demonstrable in the laboratory. One could, for instance, take a swimming bath to represent the primordial soup. Fill it with any chemicals of a non-biological nature you please. Pump any gases over it, or through it, you please, and shine any kind of radiation on it that takes your fancy. Let the experiment proceed for a year and see how many of those 2,000 enzymes [proteins produced by living cells] have appeared in the bath. I will give the answer, and so save the time and trouble and expense of actually doing the experiment. You would find nothing at all, except possibly for a tarry sludge composed of amino acids and other simple organic chemicals. How can I be so confident of this statement? Well, if it were otherwise, the experiment would long since have been done and would be well known and famous throughout the world. The cost of it would be trivial compared to the cost of landing a man on the moon. … In short there is not a shred of objective evidence to support the hypothesis that life began in an organic soup here on the earth.”

– Sir Fred Hoyle (British physicist and astronomer), The Intelligent Universe, Michael Joseph, London, pp. 20–21, 23, 1983.

Scientists found some fossils of turtles that they thought had become extinct during the so-called Pleistocene period. This was about 50,000 years ago, according to the evolutionary timescale. Then about 90 kilometers, or 56 miles away, they found a new species of a living turtle. It turns out that this turtle appears to be the same as the fossils they found!

The remarkable thing was that the living turtles showed absolutely no signs of any evolutionary changes over the supposedly 50,000 years since the fossils were formed.

This turtle is just another example of a living specimen that appears to be identical to the fossils that supposedly formed many thousands, or sometimes millions, of years ago according to evolution. We call these “living fossils.”

If most of the fossils we find today are the result of a worldwide flood that occurred in the days of Noah, then you would expect to find many of the same animals alive today. And this is what we do see—which fits with Genesis.

Recommended resources:

Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No!
Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No!
What is the Best Evidence that God Created?
What is the Best Evidence that God Created?
Dynamic Life: Changes in Living Things
Dynamic Life: Changes in Living Things
Chemicals to Living Cell: Fantasy or Science
Chemicals to Living Cell: Fantasy or Science

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December 4: The first book of public hygiene
December 6: My genes made me do it!
December 7: Completing the “circuit”—testimonies and reflections on Pittsburgh’s AiG conference
December 8: Evidence for a late boundary: summary and implications
December 9: Why Won’t They Listen? Chapter 14: The victory chapter!
December 10: “Gay” marriage about to become law in Canada?
December 10: A “brilliant” creation resource/Origin of life questions, and what biblical creationists really believe


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