The evolutionary foundation of Ham's creation "museum"
John Stear, July 2007
"The Cincinnati region is world famous for its fossils. Virtually every natural history museum worthy of that designation anywhere on Earth has in its collections fossil specimens from the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Tri-State area".
- -Dr. Richard Davis, Emeritus Distinguished Research Professor of Coastal Geology and Sedimentology at the Department of Geology, University of South Florida (USF). "Cincinnati fossils, an elementary guide to the Ordovician rocks and fossils of the Cincinnati, Ohio, region." a Cincinnati Museum of Natural History Publication.
The videos describing the Cincinnati fossils were produced by Greg Courtney. Greg is an amateur paleontologist and holds the Education Chair in the Dry Dredgers. The Dry Dredgers, an association of amateur geologists and fossil collectors (affiliated with UC Geology department) is the oldest fossil club/paleontological organization in the USA (established in 1942). See below for links to The Dry Dredgers, Greg's web site and more links to the Cincinnati fossils.
The revelation that Ken Ham's anti science museum is built on the very evidence that YECs deny (watch the videos below) is not only a further blow to the museum's and Ham's credibility but a blow to the scientific integrity of the scientists who have prostituted their learning to work for Ham and AiG. It's perhaps not surprising that those "scientists" lacked the inquisitiveness one would see from scientists active in the field. Ham's "scientists" weren't the least bit curious about the very rocks upon which the "museum" was constructed. The fact is these rocks abound with marine fossils from the Ordovician period (which began approximately 510 million years ago with the end of the Cambrian and ended around 445 million years ago with the beginning of the Silurian).
The videos clearly present the evidence that the Cincinnati fossils were built up slowly over millions of years, and I quote from the first video:
If they [the fossils] were all transported from thousands of miles away by Noah's flood... They would [have] a jumbled appearance and wouldn't have these things segregated by species. You wouldn't see the gradations of their evolution, their transitional forms exactly arranged the way they are all over the Earth... if you go with the [creationists] vapour canopy hypothesis ... there's no way you can have life forms springing forth and growing in mere seconds when it takes centuries and millions of years... this is ancient history. They lived and died here.
The second video describes the Cincinnati fossils in more detail.
At Jon Woolf's web site The Woolf's Den, Jon also explains why the Cincinnati fossils say an emphatic NO! to the YEC claim that the fossil record is the result of Noah's flood. His opening remarks:
This was practically my first serious contribution to defending contemporary science against the assaults of the creationists. I wrote it in January 1995, shortly after I had first gotten involved in creation-evolution discussions in Compuserves Dinosaurs Forum. Strictly speaking, this article isn't about evolution at all. It's about geologic time. It discusses an extremely simple and obvious hole in the young-earth creationist claim that the fossil record is the result of the Biblical Flood. No creationist has ever successfully criticized this piece. None has ever even had the courage to try.
Of course Jon Woolf had no idea that some time later the creationists would build their repository of the absurd on the tell tale fossils of tiny creatures that lived and died there millions of years ago.
WATCH THE VIDEOS
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Part one of the video was obtained from PZ Myers' The Panda's Thumb.
Parts one and two are posted on YouTube.com
Follow these links for more about the Cincinnati fossils:
Greg Courtney's web site
Fossil Hunting in Cincinnati August 2000
University of Georgia Stratigraphy Lab
Cincinnatian Fossils From the Ordovician Period
Bill Heimbrock's Ordovician Paradise