Fossil Fish Feces—a Reminder of the Flood

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What’s a coprolite? Well, it’s fossil feces (i.e., fossil animal dung)—and it’s actually a reminder of the global flood of Noah’s day. You see, scientists have found fossilized feces from creatures like dinosaurs and fish. These remains help researchers piece together what these creatures ate and what food webs might have looked like. But why do coprolites even exist at all?

Before we answer that, consider a new study that scanned hundreds of coprolites to determine what was inside. What they found were bones, scales, and teeth—one very tiny coprolite even contained some skull bones and two tail vertebrae from a small marine reptile. These fecal remains were preserved in exquisite detail—how? After all, millions of years of fish excrement (thankfully!) doesn’t just pile up at the bottom of rivers, lakes, seas, and oceans, waiting to be turned into fossils!

Research has shown that feces must be preserved within 24 hours for us to find coprolites—and since we find mass fossil “latrines” in various places around the world, something must have happened that could bury these very quickly!

Coprolites remind us of the global flood. This new study was looking at feces that didn’t have time to decay or be eaten by detritivores (i.e., an animal that feeds on dead organic material) before they were rapidly buried by sediment. Research has shown that feces must be preserved within 24 hours for us to find coprolites—and since we find mass fossil “latrines” in various places around the world, something must have happened that could bury these very quickly!

Fast-formed fossils, like these piles of coprolites, remind us that the history in God’s Word concerning the global Flood of Genesis is true. The evidence is overwhelming. Sadly, many suppress the truth in unrighteousness and refuse to acknowledge the truth of God’s Word and the gospel. You see, these coprolites are a reminder that God really did judge sin at the time of Noah—and that he provided a way of salvation: the ark. He will judge sin again, but he has provided a way of salvation, the Lord Jesus Christ, who took our penalty of death for us when he died on the cross. When we repent and believe in him, we are forgiven and receive new and eternal life.

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This item was discussed yesterday on Answers News with cohosts Roger Patterson, Bryan Osborne, and Tim Chaffey. Answers News is our twice-weekly news program filmed live before a studio audience here at the Creation Museum and broadcast on my Facebook page and the Answers in Genesis Facebook page. We also covered the following intriguing topics:

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Ken

This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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