Tuesday, 27 November 2012

How Not to Make a Fossil – The Case of a Dead Frog

Joel Kontinen

A frog hit by a car does not fossilize easily in hot conditions. No matter how long we wait, the deceased froggie remains unfossilized.

What would be needed is exceptional circumstances, including a lot of water. Almost always when science publications report on the discovery of a fossil, they suggest that the animal died in a local flood.

But why local? The global flood in Noah’s days remains the best explanation for most (but not necessarily all) fossils.