Creation Vs. Evolution: Paleontology
In the News: Not An Easy Nut To Crack
Everything is not what it seems—or so many scientists are finding out. For many years, stone tools were discovered with fossilized remains of “ape-like” creatures. These stone tools were used to promote the idea that humans evolved over time from just such ancestors. However, in many sites, the stone relics were ambiguous, and the interpretation was left up to imagination. In the May 24, 2002 issue of Science, researchers pointed out that those ancient toolmakers could have been (gulp!) chimpanzees—a suggestion that does not sit well with some paleoanthropologists.
In the tropical forests of West Africa, researchers have noted that chimpanzees are especially efficient nutcrackers. These animals often will spend hours using stone or wooden hammers to break open the tough outer covering of nuts. This report demonstrates that chimps can leave a definite record of nutcracking. Obviously evolutionists were not excited with this discovery, and were quick to point out differences between the stones used by chimps and their alleged hominid descendants. However, Frederic Joulian, who has analyzed both chimp and human nutcracking sites, admits that separating chimp activity from human or “prehuman” activity will not be (if you’ll pardon the pun) an “easy nut to crack.”
Another discovery—from Castle Rock, Colorado—also is causing researchers dismay. A fossilized leaf was found to contain “fossil litter” that is similar to the litter found in equatorial rainforests. The discovery was reported in the June 28, 2002 issue of Science in an article titled “A Tropical Rainforest in Colorado 1.4 million Years after the Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary.” The problem facing scientists is that previously they hypothesized that some catastrophic event occurred during the time period represented by the so-called Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary. The previous supposition was that it took up to 10 million years for plants to have recovered from this “event.” This latest discovery conflicts with that long-held theory, and calls into question many of evolutionists’ previous assumptions.
For those of us who understand God’s Word regarding how this Earth was created, it is not at all surprising that researchers have found evidence of a rainforest in the state of Colorado. After all, it was not just the Garden of Eden that was created “very good” (Genesis 1:31). The entire planet once enjoyed (to use the words of nineteenth-century evolutionist Alfred Russel Wallace) “a mantle of spring like loveliness.” How true!