The sedimentary rocks of the Earth hold vast quantities of fossils. Hundreds of years of careful observations have shown that fossils are far from random in their distribution but rather they appear in the geological column in a distinct pattern or order referred to as fossil succession. How can we explain the observed distribution of fossils in the geological column?
One attempt to explain the origin and observed distribution of fossils comes from young-earth creationists (YECs). The young-earth view proposes that much or most of the thousands of feet of fossil bearing rocks—and the fossils themselves—that make up the world’s land masses were deposited during a single catastrophic world-wide flood approximately 4350 years ago. In reference to that Flood, Ken Ham and other YECs are fond of asking:
If there really was a Flood, what would the evidence…
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