Answer by John MackayWhat is polystrate? The word itself is easy: poly as in many, strate, as in layers or strata. Therefore, polystrate means “many layers” and usually refers to fossils that protrude though one or more layers. Here is a classic example of such a tree in Kentucky coal fields near town of Hazard […]
FISH FOSSILS can form when fish do sink in cold water! Why don’t you admit this?
The original question was: Creationists insist that when fish die they float, so they can’t be buried on the sea floor and slowly form fossils. But in cold water fish can sink to the bottom, and will not float to the surface. Why don’t you admit they can fossilise this way? Answer by Joseph Hubbard […]
LIVING FOSSILS prove nothing! All survivors are living fossils. Why make so much of them?
The original question was: Why do you people get so fascinated with living fossils? After all, any survivors from evolution would, by definition, have to be living fossils. It doesn’t prove a thing. Answer by John Mackay Charles Darwin was fascinated by living fossils and so are we! Darwin is the man who defined the […]
TESTING EVOLUTION: What are evolutionists testing when they claim evolution is a fact because it can be tested?
The original question was: Evolutionists say that evolution is a fact because it is testable (i.e. there is empirical evidence). They seem to be very positive with that ‘evidence’? What are they testing that’s confirming their belief in evolution? Answer by John Mackay What are the evolutionists testing? The answer will surprise most people. Never […]
FOSSIL LEAF? Are the fossil leaves made in your stalactite experiments really fossils or just imprints?
The original question was: I have read your report on ‘fossil leaves found in a UK stalagmite’ less than 100years old. I need to know if your duplication of these actually produced fossils or just imprints in the limestone, which is not really a fossil, is it? This question relates to two articles on the […]
WHALE EVOLUTION? What about the evidence showing whales have evolved from land animals?
Answer by Diane Eager and John Mackay High School text books back in the 1990’s introduced a diagram showing the evolutionary history of whales that is still in the minds of most people. A dog like creature (Mesoynchid) somehow evolved into a semi-aquatic walking creature called Ambulocetus which further evolved tail flukes like a whale, […]
HORSE EVOLUTION: How do you explain the evolutionary sequence of horse fossils?
Answer by Diane Eager and John Mackay Here is a typical description of horse evolution from the Natural History Museum in Oxford UK (2016): “The evolutionary origins of the modern horse can be trace back to the beginning of the Eocene period, around 55 million years ago. At that time the first horse, Hyracotherium, was […]
THE HOBBIT? Was Homo floresiensis a human ancestor or a deformed human?
Answer by Diane Eager Homo floresiensis is the scientific name given to bones found in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores initially in 2003. Since then more bones have been found and the creature has been nicknamed “The Hobbit” due to its small stature, about 3 feet tall, and its small head. As […]
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NOAH’S FLOOD? How can you recognize rocks that have been laid down by a flood?
Answer by Bob Powell One of the great debates in understanding the nature of earth’s geology is whether the huge volumes of sedimentary rocks covering some 70 percent of the planet’s surface formed fast or slow. This debate has often been portrayed as catastrophist vs uniformitarian, where the uniformitarian theorizers (based on Charles Lyell) are […]