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A few examples will suffice. Fossil springtails are found in the rocks of the mid-Devonian of Scotland. Supposedly around 300 million years old in the eyes of the evolutionist, they still jump around on their short legs and forked tails. Silverfish not only annoy you in their habits with carpet, but they are found in Triassic rocks regarded by evolutionists at approximately 200 million years old.

What is truly amazing about the fossil record of insects is the size of many of them. People are used to thinking of giant dinosaurs, but alongside the dinosaurs you often find fossils of giant dragonflies whose wingspan is 2? ft or ⅔ m, and their body length is 1? ft or nearly ? m. Dragonfly fossils are found through Europe across to Australia. Exceptionally good specimens have been found in limestone at Elmo, south of Abilene in Kansas USA. Cockroaches were 30 to 40 times larger than they are today. According to the evolutionist the cockroaches have been here for over 200 million years and still look the same – albeit gratefully smaller. Imagine cleaning out the kitchen cupboard in the mornings. How much of your cornflakes would be left if the cockroaches raided the pantry? Present day adult insects breathe air into their body through tubes in their abdomen. It is one factor which limits their size in today’s atmosphere and hints that the atmospheric pressure in the past was greater, enabling the insects to reach much larger sizes.

The insects truly are living fossils and provide increasing evidence, that when God revealed He had created creatures to produce their own kind, He meant what He said. The evidence shows that is all they have ever done, and your experience tells you that is all they can do. Other well known fossil insects include flies, cicadas, mayflies and crickets. Some of these fossils have been buried so quickly that their colours are still preserved. Nowhere is this better known than in the Oligocen lake bed strata of Florissant Colorado where butterflies are fossilized with colouring still intact.

One famous almost modern fossil deposit containing many insects, is the La Brea tar pits of California. There are many carrion beetles trapped here in the bituminous formation. Even some of the fossil beetles in La Brea tar pits, when extracted and cleaned, still show the irridescent colours of their exo-skeleton.

You may have received a fossil diving beetle as your insect. It is very evident these diving beetles were trapped by a sudden inflush of sediment into their normal environment. Such a good state of preservation of many of the insects indicates that their fossils were buried rapidly and deeply.

Many insects, have been trapped by the sap of the Pinus succininfera. Bees, wasps, ants, bugs and flies are abundant in the fossil record. Much is known about them, particularly from the beds where they have been first trapped in amber, and then preserved. This entrapment has been so rapid in many cases they are in the act of mating, or eating food, so we can be quite dogmatic about ancient insect behaviour. These amber bound insects have been known since the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans and often fetch high prices. The result being that forgery then (and even now), is quite common.



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