Scientists are reporting the finding of a 240 million-year-old forest that has been preserved by volcanic ash in Wuda, Mongolia. There are many great pictures, including this one, at Mail OnLine .
Scientists are studying this rare find hoping to find information that will be helpful with climate research, among other things.
Evolution maintains that these Permian plants existed 240 million years ago, however, some at ICR, Institute for Creation Research, suggest that the fossils could not be that old:
Evolution maintains that these Permian plants existed 240 million years ago. But ironically, according to that same evolutionary timeframe, their fossils should no longer exist. The fossils and all of China should have completely eroded about 14 million years after they were deposited, assuming the evolutionary paradigm and known erosion rates.5 The study authors wrote, “Excavation was necessary to secure the stunning specimens of this flora because weathering occurs rapidly and destroys the fossils.”1 So, did China’s landscape experience no weathering for over 200 million years?
Studying a forest preserved in this manner must be a paleontologist’s dream.
ICR has many interesting publications at their site on Fossils. Especially interesting is Fossil Whale Brain Proves Paleontologists Wrong. There are many interesting studies for those who are interested.
One article on whales set me to thinking about Jonah and how he was vomited onto land from the belly of a great fish. Today we know that whales sometimes beach themselves and no one seems to know exactly why they do this. Perhaps it was a beached whale that spat Jonah onto land, saving his life.
Creation Ministries International states the following:
Jonah prayed to God ‘out of the fish’s belly’ (Jonah 2:1). ‘Belly’ is a fairly vague term in English, let alone in ancient Hebrew, so if Jonah was swallowed by a creature such as a sperm whale, he might have been in the great laryngeal pouch…
Regardless of how it took place, Jesus validated the story of Jonah by comparing His own impending ordeal to the three days Jonah spent in the belly of a fish.
For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. Matthew 12:20
For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation. Luke 11:30