- How Fossils are Dated
- The Geologic Column
- What Do the Fossils Show?
- Punctuated Equilibrium – Another theory of evolution
- The Cambrian Explosion
- What Does This mean to Creation?
How Fossils are Dated
Contrary to popular belief, the dating of fossils is very subjective and arbitrary. Sometimes fossil dating is really a circular reasoning:
- The ages of rocks are used to date fossils
- The ages of fossils are used to date rocks.
Here is a quote from a peer reviewed science journal saying just that:
“The procession of life was never witnessed, it is inferred. The vertical sequence of fossils is thought to represent a process because the enclosing rocks are interpreted as a process. The rocks do date the fossils, but the fossils date the rocks more accurately. Stratigraphy cannot avoid this kind of reasoning, if it insists on using only temporal concepts, because circularity is inherent in the derivation of time scales.” (O’Rourke, J.E., “Pragmatism Versus Materialism in Stratigraphy,” American Journal of Science, vol. 276, 1976, p. 53) (emphasis mine)
When a date is assigned to a fossil, it is also very important to pick the “correct” date. There are dates that are already accepted by evolutionists, and the date of a new fossil has to fit so as to not disrupt what has already been decided.