Nov. 8, 2011: An artist’s rendering of a Tegopelte, a foot-long arthropod that lived 500 million years ago. Researchers suggest that Tegopelte was a fearsome predator or perhaps a quick-moving scavenger, capable of “rapidly skimming across the seafloor” with only a few of its many legs touching the ground at a time. Source: Marianne Collins
Today we will be briefly examining the Tegopelte from Fox News’ “Eyepoppers Science Slide Deck” and how this image and caption falls short of the goal of proving evolution theory.
Nov. 8, 2011: An artist’s rendering of a Tegopelte, a foot-long arthropod that lived 500 million years ago. Researchers suggest that Tegopelte was a fearsome predator or perhaps a quick-moving scavenger, capable of “rapidly skimming across the seafloor” with only a few of its many legs touching the ground at a time.
It has been a while since we touched on worldview timelines so I will refresh us once again with them here.
According to the Theorist:
- Approximately 16 Billion Years ago the Big Bang occurred
- Approximately 4.6 Billion Years ago the earth was formed as a hot molten mass
- Approximately 3.4 Billion Years ago the earth cooled down and organisms began to swirl the formerly pre-biotic soup.
According to the Bible:
- The earth was formed approximately 7,000 years ago based on the genealogical dates from Adam to Abraham
- 4,400 years ago was the Noahic Worldwide Flood
- 2,000 Messiah Jesus died for the sins of the world
Therefore, since the caption gives the date of 500 million years, you immediately know that the writer of the caption is working according to the evolutionist’s timeline and not according to the Young Earth Creationist timeline found in the Bible.
Nov. 8, 2011: An artist’s rendering of a Tegopelte, a foot-long arthropod that lived 500 million years ago.
I. Drawings instead of Discoveries
Again with the drawings. Why not show us a living or fossilized example. Having to “imagine” the way something may have looked is not hard (or even good) science.
II. How Circular Reasoning is Used in Age Assessments
If you ask them how they know the Tegopelte is 500 million years old, they will tell you that they know the age of the Tegopelte by the strata layer in which it was found.
However, ask them how they date the age of the strata layer, and they will tell you by the index fossil found in the layer.
Dating the fossil by the layer and the layer by the fossil is circular reasoning that destroys the foundations of the imaginary geologic column which exists only one place on earth–the textbook!
III. No dating method can accurately date something 500 million years old.
Carbon 14 and other dating methods are shaky at best with aging items that are only thousands of years old, let alone several hundred million.
This makes perfect sense from a Young Earth Creation worldview since nothing is that old.
IV. If you find a fossil in limestone, how do you know if it is 100 million year old Jurassic Limestone or 600 million year Cambrian Limestone?
V. Age Limiting Factors
I have covered in a myriad of articles the fact that the universe and earth have what are called age-limiting factors. What that means is, there are many testable and observable aspects that place age dating or limiting factors on the creation.
For instance, if you found a sunken treasure ship on the ocean floor and wanted to determine when the ship sunk, if the gold coins were stamped “1750”, then you know that the ship had to have sunk after 1750. The ship certainly could not have been sunk prior to 1750 because the coin had not yet been struck.
The same observations can easily be made to prove wrong the theorist’s timeline by the creation all around us.
A. Moon’s Distance to Earth – Proof the earth is less than 1 million years old
B. Erosion Rates – Proof the earth is thousands not billions of years old
C. The Geomagnetic Field – Proof the earth is less than 25,000 years old
D. Population proves thousands of years not billions
E. Red Giants to White Dwarfs in Under 2,000 years
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