In 2018 scientists from Germany and Switzerland published a detailed description of an Archaeopteryx specimen they claimed to be the oldest Archaeopteryx. One reasons they claim this record is that the specimen was buried alongside an ammonite – an extinct spiral-shelled sea creature similar to a nautilus.
Reference: Rauhut et al. (2018), The oldest Archaeopteryx (Theropoda: Avialiae): a new specimen from the Kimmeridgian/Tithonian boundary of Schamhaupten, Bavaria. Peer J 6:e4191;DOI 10.7717/peerj.4191
Editorial Comment: This is a classic case of evolutionists missing the point – being buried with a marine ammonite shell does not show how old the fossil is, but where a sea creature and flying creature have been catastrophically buried together. Rather than being obsessed with putting ages on fossils, scientists should be asking how did a deep sea creature and a flying land creature end up buried together. The answer is one that the evolutionists do not like – a very large flood sweeping across land and sea beds, creating masses of sediment, collecting anything in its path, mixing it up and dumping it.
Mixed environment fossil deposits are not rare anomalies, but in fact, they are the norm! Sadly this is not well known because most scientific papers concentrate on detailed descriptions on only one fossil from a rock layer, with rarely a brief mention of other fossils found in the same rock. Creation Research has many examples of mixed environment fossils in our museums, including an ammonite buried with wood and fish buried with pine leaves. These can be seen in our UK and Australian museums. Flood geology works way better than millions of years of slow burial.
Creation Research News 31 August 2023
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