Category Archives: Catastrophism vs Gradualism

Data, theory, and speculations relevant to whether catastrophes or gradual processes were most important in forming the geologic record.

Living Fossils: Shrimp

Just a short post today. Going through some old files and found one about a fossil shrimp dated 360 million years old. Guess what it looks like. Did you say “a shrimp”? Bingo. Surprise, surprise. This little fossil was so well-preserved even the petrified muscles can be seen. Continue reading Living Fossils: Shrimp

Instant Rock

We live in an age of “instant” things — instant gratification, instant coffee, instant oatmeal…

Rocks, on the other hand, are supposed to be the epitome of slow. Not only do they not move (or move very slowly via plate tectonics), but they also are supposed to have formed very slowly. But nobody scientifically observed the rocks forming. Therefore, it’s not really rational and scientific to think we know that the Earth must have formed over a long time, or argue that the animals and people coming off Noah’s Ark would have sunk into and drowned in a deep ocean of soft muck that would take a very long time to turn into rock.
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