flowering plants: evolution or creation?
Flowering plants which produce seed-containing fruits, scientifically termed angiosperms, appear suddenly in the fossil record and this sudden appearance makes evolutionist ideas about their origin difficult to explain. Charles Darwin mentioned this phenomenon as his "abominable mystery" in relation to his ideas of the origins of living things from simpler to complex gradually over millions of years, which he developed in the late 19th century. The fossil record simply does not support this gradual evolution, but rather supports the sudden appearance of living species, as would be true if these species were created suddenly on the Earth and later wiped out suddenly by a catastrophic flood and preserved in the fossil record. But of course, the mainstream is dedicated to Charles Darwin's ideas of gradual macroevolution over millions of years and will continue to develop explanations of how flowering plants and other species gradually evolved from non-flowering plants over millions of years despite evidence from the fossil record that suggests otherwise. Not only do flowering plants appear suddenly in the fossil record, but they also appear very diverse, which further contradicts the idea of gradual evolution over long periods of time. Why do flowering plants appear suddenly in the fossil record in such a diverse variety with no trace of gradual evolution? Another key misinterpretation concerning the fossil record is that the stratigraphic layers that contain fossils are interpreted by mainstream scientists as being deposited millions of years apart. The creationist model, in contrast, explains that these stratigraphic layers were not deposited millions of years apart but instead at intervals during a year-long catastrophic global flood that covered the entire Earth for several months less than 5,000 years ago. Mainstream scientists find the first fossils of flowering plants inside a layer known as the Cretaceous, which is believed to have been deposited some 145-65 million years ago, with flowering plants first appearing about 100 million years ago. However, in layers that are classified as deeper or older, there is little to no evidence of any trace of flowering plants. Where the flowering plants first appear in the fossil record, the variety found is very diverse, with a large variety of sizes and shapes. Today, evolutionists claim to have found fossils of flowering plants older than the Cretaceous fossils. However, these fossil discoveries are rare and too few to show evidence of a gradual evolution over millions of years. Despite finding earlier traces of fossils of flowering plants, these fossils were also much simpler than the fossils found in the sudden and diverse Cretaceous emergence of flowering plants. Therefore, the fossil record does not show a gradual emergence of flowering plants from simpler non-flowering plants but a sudden and diverse emergence that implies not only a creationist explanation, but also gives strong evidence of a catastrophic flood that suddenly wiped out these species only to have them reappear on Earth after the flood. The diversity of the flowering plants (angiosperms) is evident in the more than 350,000 species known to exist today that make up some 80 percent of all green plants, compared to only about 1,000 gymnosperm species, or non-flowering seed producing plant species. Evolutionists continue to give explanations for the sudden diverse appearance of flowering plants on Earth with little success. This sudden and diverse appearance of flowering plants on Earth gives strong evidence for the Creation Model for the origin of life on Earth and the catastrophic global flood of the Book of Genesis described in chapters six and seven. The creation account in the first chapter of the Book of Genesis describes the order of creation, with light created on the first day, water and air created on the second day, and dry ground on the third day before flowering plants were created on Day 3 of Creation Week.