By Joseph Hubbard
Morocco is one of the best places in the world for fossils and one of the best places in Morocco is the Kem Kem Basin, Khouribga. Especially for aquatic fossils, The Kem Kem basin is a massive bone bed made up of mineral phosphates (usually derived from bone) and it is the largest phosphorite bed known in the world. One palaeontologist described the fossils in it as, “Hundreds of times more abundant than a normal marine sediment” (italics mine) (1).
My comment is why not suggest then that perhaps it wasn’t laid down as a “normal marine sediment”, but in a catastrophic event that killed and buried hundreds of creatures, far more than could ever
exist in a normal present day environment (2).
Among the millions of fossils found there, one crocodile skull has been excavated, and made its way to us at the Genesis Museum of Creation near Norwich UK. There are several things that this crocodile skull can teach us.
First, look at how well preserved the skull is. Crocodile teeth do not have roots in them, as the photo of the
modern crocodile tooth shows. Their teeth are designed to fall out really easily. A crocodile is always growing new teeth to replace old, worn-out ones. The new teeth grow in at the base of the old teeth, pushing the old teeth out of the jaw. To have a crocodile skull so well preserved when the large teeth are still present, is quite remarkable.
A sign in the Castle Museum in Norwich, talking about the fossilisation of living creatures has something very interesting to say. “Did you know? Fossilisation is actually very rare. In order for something to be fossilised, the remains normally need to be covered by sediment straight away.”(4) However at this croc site in Morocco, we are looking at a fossil that comes from a place where hundreds of fossils are found, including some of the largest creatures ever to live, such as the giant mosasaur.(5)
To confirm such rapid burial has also occurred at our fossil site, consider the claims it took vast ages for these rocks to be formed:
The sedimentary layers where this crocodile was found are regarded as late Cretaceous (Cenomanian through Turonian), and are some 200 metres thick. The evolutionists date the top layer (Upper Marly Unit) of the croc bed at 90 Million years old, and the bottom layer (Lower Sandy Unit), at 100 million years.(8)
Now let’s do some maths. You have a deposit it is claimed took 10 million years to lay down. This deposit is 200 metres thick. If we divide the thickness of the deposit (200m) by the claimed time (10 Ma), we get the answer as follows:
200 metres/10,000,000 years
= 0.00002 m per yr
= 2 cm per 1,000 yrs
This means that it took 500 years for a single centimetre of sediment to be laid down, so our crocodile which has a skull 40cm (16in) long, and over 15cm (6in) high, would have taken over 7,500 years to just cover it, let alone bury it deep enough to fossilise it. This is absolutely ridiculous if you think about it.
One final point. Look at the crocodile skull. How do we know that it is a crocodile? The answer is simple? It looks like one! Here we have an animal that is from rocks that are claimed to be around 83 million years old, and yet they still are living today. They have even been found in rocks supposedly up to a 250 million years old. Evolved they have not! The crocodiles are not evolving and have not evolved! They are doing exactly what the Bible says God created them to do. “Reproducing after their own kind!”(6)
So what can we take away from this? First, although the assumptions of evolution and deposition of sediment over millions of years are all well and good in the universities and textbooks, they do not make sense in the real world, in fact, they are ludicrous to even consider. Secondly, the Bible’s account of a world –wide catastrophic flood(7) fits with the evidence that we see in the rocks around us. The Bible teaches that God created the world in six days, and that the whole world was good. But man disobeyed God, and chose to be his own god. As a result of this rebellion, man has lived in sin from that time forward, and is destined for eternal punishment from God. But in His Great love and mercy, God provided a way for us to escape the coming judgment. He sent His only son Jesus to die on a cross, and to take the place of punishment for our sin. Jesus paid the price, and is giving it to you today as a free gift, however as with any gift that you are given, you have to be willing to receive it. Accept Jesus as your Saviour today, and be free of all your guilt and sin!
(1, 3) Sharks of the Moroccan Phosphates – Dr Charlie Underwood, Deposits Magazine, Issue 17, Winter 2009, p8 & 9.
(2) Genesis 7:21 – And all flesh died that moved upon the face of the Earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth, and every man.
(4) Castle Museum, Norwich, Animal Gallery, Creatures of the Past display.
(5) A large crocodile-like marine reptile, reaching over 50ft long.
(6) Genesis 1:22
(7) Genesis 7
(8) “Vertebrate footprints from the Kem Kem beds (Morocco): A novel ichnological approach to faunal reconstruction.” – Matteo Belvedere; Nour-Eddine Jalil; Anna Breda; Giovanni Gattolin; Helene Bourget; Fatima Khaldoune; Gareth J Dyke. – Journal of Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, and Palaeoecology. www.elsevier.com/locate/palaeo