Saturday, February 25, 2012

Museum Blunders: Natural Science Center

Years ago I was at the Natural Science Center in Greensboro, NC and saw a fossil that was estimated to be between 11,000 and 3,000,000 years old. A couple months ago I was back at the Natural Science Center and it was still there.

While the age range may at first appear odd, that's not what I find unusual about their age estimate. Sometimes a fossil may be estimated to be between 70 million years to 65 million years, for example. That doesn't sound as odd even though there is a wider difference in the age range (5 million years vs. under 3 million years). The odd thing about the age estimate provided, which is based upon uniformitarian presuppositions, is that the range extends across three different epochs, the Holocene, Pleistocene, and Paleocene (Source:

Moreover, the lower end of the range (11 thousand) is when the ice age ended according to uniformitarian theology. If an ice age is supposed to last a mere 100,000 years according to the Milankovich theory, then this fossil should have either an established uniformitarian age of 11 thousand to 100 thousand years or 100 thousand to 3 million years (or somewhere in between based on an established epoch for when the crab was alive). The evidence here proves how dating techniques based on an old earth viewpoint have issues and while uniformitarian endorsers act as though they have everything resolved, that is clearly not the case.

Employing the young earth creationist viewpoint on the other hand would date this fossil to be roughly 4,400 years old. This means that it would have been formed by a world wide flood during the days of Noah, and before the ice age which would have occurred in it's aftermath.

To give uniformitarians credit however, they did place the fossil age roughly before the ice age for most of their assumed age range.

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