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Jellyfish fossils below...
(Scientists excavating an archeological site)
Remember the story of Noah's Ark?
Can you imagine the earth being completely covered with water? If there was a flood that
covered the earth we should find evidence to support it right? Yes! Every year new
evidence is found supporting a worldwide flood.
Let's take a look at some of the evidence that supports the flood. Have you ever found a
fossil outside? How long do you think it took to make that fossil? Most of the time scientists
tell you millions of years...but scientists have found fossils that were created much faster
than that! You might wonder how we know this. Well most fossils found are fossils from
hard shell animals...but is it possible to fossilize a soft body creature like a squid or
jellyfish? Only if it's quick!
Can you fossilize soft creatures?
Take jellyfish for example, you've probably see them washed up on the beach quickly
decomposing from both the sunlight and crashing waves hitting them. If a jellyfish was to
get fossilized, it certainly has to happen quickly. Yet jellyfish were found fossilized in the
outback of South Australia (see photo above). In fact millions of these soft bodied
jellyfish were found amazingly preserved in a 400 miles stretch! A Global Flood is an
excellent explanation that would have provided tons of sediment which would quickly be
able to cover and preserve these soft body creatures.
When fish fossilize you picture them dying first and then slowly being covered with sediment
and slowly forming a fossil (the fish would decay if it were that slow! - remember that
dead fish in your fish tank? Grossssssss!)...but did you know we've found tons of sea
fossils in various surprising forms: including fish eating other fish at the time of their
fossilization and even giving birth! Clearly some catastrophic event had to cause them to
quickly be covered with sediment for these creatures to be caught eating/birthing. The
ability to cover animals that quick is another indicator of a Global cataclysmic
Would like to create your own archaeological CANDY fossil
Supplies: Brownie mix, muffin pan, paper baking cups (or you can grease the cupcake
pan), hard candy such as peppermints, lifesavers, or tic tacs. You also need an
archaeological digging tool (a fork).
Instructions: With a grown up prepare the brownie mix as directed and place paper cups in
the muffin pan. Pour part of the batter in and add a couple pieces of hard candy. Repeat
a couple more times allowing the candy to be mixed throughout the brownies. Now bake
and allow to cool. (For this experiment I like the brownies to be hard and similar to dirt.)
After the brownies have cooled practice digging in your brownie looking for the hard candy.
You are now excavating your "brownie" site uncovering candy. Be careful not to scratch or
break the candy as you carefully remove it...and be careful not to choke on the candy.
Here are some archaeological terms defined:
Archaeological site - a place where human activity occurred and material remains were
Artifact - any object made, modified, or used by people.
Ceramic - pottery, fired clay.
Excavation - the systematic digging and recording of an archaeological site.
Pot sherd - a piece of broken pottery.
Site - a place where human activity occurred and material remains were deposited.
Strata - many layers of earth or levels in an archaeological site (singular stratum).
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a world wide flood. Adam Thornton Copyright 2011 ScienceSplat.com