The Mystery of the Empty Strata

Another frustration for the evolutionist is the strange case of the empty strata. As one digs deep into the earth, one layer or stratum after another is revealed. Often we can see these layers clearly exposed in the side of a mountain or roadbed. Geologists have given names to the succession of strata which pile one on top of another. Descending into Grand Canyon for example, one moves downward past the Mississipian, Devonian, Cambrian, etc., as they have been tagged by the scientists.

Now here is the perplexity for evolutionists: The Cambrian is the last stratum of the descending levels that has any fossils in it. All the lower strata below the Cambrian have absolutely no fossil record of life other than some single-celled types such as bacteria and algae. Why not? The Cambrian layers is full of all the major kinds of animals found today except the vertebrates. In other words, there is nothing primitive about the structure of these most ancient fossils known to man. Essentially, they compare with the complexity of current living creatures.

But the big question is: WHERE ARE THEIR ANCESTORS? Where are all the evolving creatures that should existed according to the theory of evolution? The Precambrian (or early Cambrian) strata should be filled with more primitive forms of these Cambrian fossils in the process of evolving upward. Darwin confessed in his book, Origin of the Species: "To the question why we do not find rich fossiliferous deposits belonging to these assumed earliest periods prior to the Cambrian system I can give no satisfactory answer ... the case at present must remain inexplicable; and may be truly urged as a valid argument against the views here entertained." [ p. 309 ]

Darwin admitted to having no way to defend his theory, but at this time he still would not adjust his theory to meet the unanswerable arguments against it. Many other evolutionary scientists have expressed similar disappointment and frustration. Dr. Daniel Axelrod of the University of California calls it, "One of the major unsolved problems of geology and evolution." [ Science, Jult 4, 1958 ] Dr. Austin Clark of the U.S. National Museum wrote concerning the Cambrian fossils, "Strange as it may seem ... mollusks were mollusks just as unmistakable as they are now." [The New Evolution: Zoogenesis, p. 101] Drs. Marshall Kay and Edwin Colbert of Columbia University marveled over the problem in these words: "Why should complex organic forms be in rocks about 600 million years old and be absent or unrecognized in the records of the preceeding two billion years? ... If there has been evolution of life, the absece of the requisite fossils in the rocks older than Cambrian is puzzling." [Stratigraphy and Life history, p. 102] George Gaylord Simpson, the Crown Prince of evolution, summarized it: "The sudden appearance of life is not only the most puzzling feature of the whole fossil record but also its greatest aparent inadequacy." [The Evolution of Life, p. 144]

In the face of these forced admissions of failure to find supporting scientific evidence, it is no wonder they fight to keep students from hearing opposing arguments. The positions would crumble under impartial investigation of honest research. (Fear not, for later we intend to attack the Bible just as hard.)

The absence of Precambrian fossils points to one great alternative, unacceptable to the evolutionist -- a sudden creative act of God which brought all the major creatures into existance at the same time. Their attacks that creationism is unscientific are made only to camouflage their own lack of true evidence. The preponderance of physical scientific data is on the side of creation, not evolution.

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