There is a great mystery abounding with evolutionary paleontologists who reject a global flood on earth. The mystery consists of trying to figure out how two turtles who are mating become fossilized so quickly. Nine pairs of turtles have been discovered thus far in the fossilized world.
One very unscientific conclusion was raised by the BBC which says…
“Researchers think the turtles had initiated sex in the surface waters of the lake that once existed on the site, and were then overcome as they sank through deeper layers made toxic by the release of volcanic gases.
“The animals, still in embrace, were then buried in the lakebed sediments and locked away in geological time.”
“We see this in some volcanic lakes in East African today,” explained Dr Walter Joyce of the University of Tübingen. “Every few hundred years, these lakes can have a sudden outburst of carbon dioxide, like the opening of a champagne bottle, and it will poison everything around them.”
What a romantic tale! Too bad it’s not backed by science. First of all, one has to ask, wouldn’t the two turtles have separated from mating while spiraling down to the lake’s floor? Also, wouldn’t the bodies of those two turtles (let alone nine pairs in total) laying on the bottom of the lake decay before an adequate amount of sediments would bury them?
How long does turtle mating last in a lake? It can’t be that long and we are expected to believe that turtles remained in their mating position while sinking to the bottom of the lake where they awaited their burial. The only other media outlet that questioned this unscientific conclusion is nature news which says…
“Edwin Cadena, a doctoral student in palaeontology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, agrees that the study shows “strong evidence to consider this the first case of coupling captured in the fossil record of vertebrates”. More controversial, he says, is the interpretation of what the Messel lake was like.”
“The notion of a stratified lake works as an explanation for the turtles’ fate, Cadena says, “but not so well for other fossils found at Messel, for example bats or birds or even other small mammals”. If the upper layers of the lake were inhabitable, Cadena asks, then what caused the death of airborne and terrestrial animals? The turtles are just part of an ongoing fossil mystery.”
Constraining the framework within the geological time frame (slow and gradual) evolutionary paleontologists have created their own mystery out of nature in order to try to fill it in within this particular time frame using either a unscienific story or leave it open for a future explanations using slow and gradual.
What is being discovered and observed are animals nearly instantaneous burial which can be caused by catastrophic conditions! Other fossils like fish swallowing other fish, or a giant reptile known as ichthyosaurs which was fossilized while giving birth. Catastrophic events over slow and gradual explains the awesome and exquisite preservation of these fossils!