Developing a Comprehensive Model of Global Flood Paleontology: Integrating the Biostratigraphic Record with Global Megasequence Deposition | The Institute for Creation Research

 
Developing a Comprehensive Model of Global Flood Paleontology: Integrating the Biostratigraphic Record with Global Megasequence Deposition

by Jeffrey P. Tomkins, Ph.D., and Timothy L. Clarey

In Proceedings of the International Conference on Creationism. 9: 561-587, article 25.

Abstract

For the past ten years, the Column Project at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) has mapped out the sedimentary rock record of the global Flood across the world’s continents using extensive geological data from petroleum industry wells, rock outcrops, seismic data, and published cross-sections. Using four basic observations, we progressively examine the fossil record starting at the initial fossiliferous-rich layer (Cambrian) and then sequentially move upwards with each successive megasequence. This allows for the systematic and sequential correlation between the biostratigraphic record and the corresponding megasequences. The basic observations used are 1) sudden appearance of taxa, 2) stasis (similar taxa as living or later appearing taxa in the rock record), 3) marine mixing (a predominant feature throughout the rock record), and 4) burial by ecological zonation (sequential feature of the progressive Flood). We find that the merger of the fossils and the stratigraphic record allows a better interpretation of the progression of the Flood. Each megasequence can be defined by its unique fossil content which reflects distinct ecological zones as the water rose higher and higher during the Flood year.

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