Polystrate fossils

Polystrate fossil tree

Polystrate fossils provide conclusive evidence

by Dr. Tas Walker

There are many examples of fossils that cut across multiple strata—hence the name polystrate fossils.

Polystrate fossils provide conclusive evidence that they could not have been buried slowly over many thousands or hundreds of thousands of years. Polystrate fossils point to rapid burial.

This is how Derek Ager, Emeritus Professor of Geology, University College of Swansea, trained under strict Lyellian uniformitarianism, describes these fossils.

If one estimates the total thickness of the British Coal Measures as about 1000 m, laid down in about 10 million years, then, assuming a constant rate of sedimentation, it would have taken 100 000 years to bury a tree 10 m high, which is ridiculous.

 

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