Dating and correlating rock layers western mass dating
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(Welles, Samuel Paul, “Paleontology,” In some cases darwinists have recognized circularity as a typical problem in evolutionary models and worked to avoid it.
“To test this idea, we matched earliest Cambrian records of carbon isotope variability from Siberia, Mongolia, and China with a Moroccan record constrained by five radiometric ages from interbedded volcanic ashes.
This time interval was from 542-520 million years ago.
This approach avoids the circularity associated with using fossils to correlate rocks, and then using those correlations to infer biological patterns…” (“Cambrian Explosion: New Timeline for Appearances of Skeletal Animals in Fossil Record,” , Nov.
(Some of the following quotes are as cited in Morris, 1997 and Snelling, 1990).
The series of quotes begins with a vivid illustration of this circular reasoning in action.
Strangely, little effort has been made to test this assumption.
For a fossil to be a good index fossil, it needs to have lived during one specific time period, be easy to identify and have been abundant and found in many places. If you find ammonites in a rock in the South Island and also in a rock in the North Island, you can say that both rocks are Mesozoic.
Different species of ammonites lived at different times within the Mesozoic, so identifying a fossil species can help narrow down when a rock was formed.
That fossil species may have been dated somewhere else, so you can match them and say that your fossil has a similar age.
Some of the most useful fossils for dating purposes are very small ones.