A western Kentucky man has made an interesting find at a Webster County coal mine. Twenty-five year old Jay Wright of Dixon dislodged an 18-inch jawbone fossil during the course of a workday. As Brenna Angel reports, it's a discovery that caught the attention of scientists at the Kentucky Geological Survey.
Wright, who normally works a continuous miner machine, was bolting the roof one February afternoon when he found something that wasn't coal.
"Well I was pinning a cross cut and I noticed a little bit of flaky rock which actually fell a little bit. So I went ahead and reached up there and pried a little bit more down and as soon as I pried it down, there was a big ole shark jaw sitting there in the top."
There, four miles underground, was an 18-inch jawbone fossil. Wright has seen smaller fossils and sea shells in the mine, but nothing like an ancient shark bone....
"So if one is inclined to believe in evolution, or to disbelieve in a Creator/God, then he or she would naturally lean toward believing in the peat bog theory of coal formation: which allows for a Long period of time. However, for various reasons, this theory is losing ground today in favor of the allochthonous, drift, or alluvial theory (i.e. a Major Flood or floods), which says that coal seams are laminated sedimentary deposits of mixed up and partially decomposed plant material. This rapid formation view also better explains why such organic deposits are almost always laminated, and in many cases very finely laminated." On coal and trees
"There, four miles underground, was an 18-inch jawbone fossil. Wright has seen smaller fossils and sea shells in the mine"
The Flood must have had incredible power and force to change the topography of the world and deposit these sea creatures four miles down under. The coal is obviously the remains of old trees carried along in the current. But mud rocks sand etc piled on top of that means it must have been quite a scene.