Posted by: Rob Lester | December 11, 2010

Kamikaze ichtyosaur

In 1999, at a quarry in Switzerland, the complete preserved skull of an ichthyosaur was found buried in a vertical, nose-down position at 90 degrees to the rock layers. The specimen is 37 cm (15 in) long, and consists of the head, its long snout containing some 200 fine teeth, a few neck vertebrae and a bit of its rib cage. The skull was enclosed vertically within three geological layers which, according to long-age beliefs, span an ‘age’ of about one million years. The scientist who discovered it, Dr Achim Reisdorf, proposed that soon after the creature died, it started to sink. The increasing water pressure progressively collapsed its lungs, tipping it onto its nose, and causing it to sink faster and faster in a ‘kamikaze’ plunge. When it reached the bottom, its head thrust into the mud as far as its neck [15 inches deep—RL]. Even if such a scenario were believable to this point, the ‘long ages’ assigned to the rock layers create extra problems. If the sediments on the bottom [layer] were a million years old, why were they still soft? It’s much more believable that the creature died and was buried rapidly by massive amounts of sediment before the body was destroyed by scavengers or decay. That’s what would happen during a catastrophic flood like the one in Bible.

Walker, Tas, and Carl Wieland. “Kamikaze Icthyosaur” Creation 27(4):10-12, September 2005

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