Red Seaweed

Oldest fossil sushi wrap seaweed found, according to reports in ScienceDaily 14 March 2017 and BBC News 15 March 2017.

Therese Sallstedt of the Swedish Museum of Natural History has found some fossils she claims are; “the oldest fossil plants that we know of on Earth in the form of 1.6 billion year old red algae”. Red algae are seaweeds. Next time you eat your sushi you will probably find it wrapped in red algae, and another type of red algae produces a thickener for ice cream.

The new fossils were found in “uniquely well-preserved sedimentary rocks” at Chitrakoot in central India, dated as 1.6 billion years old. The previous oldest red algae fossils are dated as 1.2 billion years old, making the new fossils 400 million years older.

Because the specimens are well preserved the scientists were able to study their internal structure with an x-ray microscope and they found internal structures typical of red algae and platelets that could be chloroplasts – the cellular structures that carry out photosynthesis.

Therese Sallstedt told the BBC “They show us that advanced life in the form of eukaryotes have a much deeper history on Earth than what we previously have thought”. (Eukaryotes are defined as living things with complex structures within their cells, including single cellular organisms, plants, fungi, animals and humans, i.e. all living things except bacteria.)

ScienceDaily, BBC News

Editorial Comment: Good thought Therese, about these living things having a deep history on Earth. Algae have been here ever since God created them on the third day of creation. All other living things were created on the fifth and sixth days.

Genesis also tells us that plants were made according to their kinds, and these fossils fit that perfectly. The fossils are easy to recognize simply because they are fully formed red algae, and show no signs of having been anything else. As red algae are still here, they have multiplied after their kind, with no signs of evolving into anything else, which is just as well if you like sushi or ice cream. If the evolutionists really believed the new fossils are 1.6 billion years old then they have greater faith in the “after their kind” principle than any creationist.

One last thought, you too can walk along any beach and notice the smell of rotting seaweed, so note well the red algae didn’t get into the rocks until they were deeply buried, starting with Noah’s flood. (Ref. fossils, plants, botany)

Evidence News vol. 17 No.4
22 March 2017
Creation Research Australia

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