Sunday Facepalm

Snail Fossils, excitement!

According to Wayne Propst, he was replacing soil in his aunt Sharon Givan’s yard when he made the amazing discovery of the fossilized snail shells which he believes date back to the time of Noah’s flood.

Seeking to verify the veracity of his claim, Propst contacted self-proclaimed fossil expert Joe Taylor who stated that the fossils indeed are a remnant of the Biblical flood that covered the Earth due to God’s wrath.

It’s nice, seeing someone interested in fossils, but jumping right to OMG NOAH!, and adding a non-professional verification? Oh my. This is more of a confirmation slam than bias.

Although Taylor has yet to study the fossils — or even lay eyes on them in person — he believes that they are a sign of the flood in the dry East Texas town and called the discovery “rare.”

“I’ve never heard of anything about that from over there, I’m surprised he found it there,” Taylor explained.

That is just so sad, such a complete lack of knowledge about natural science, the history of our lovely planet.

“Now all I got to do is go in front of my aunt’s house and pick up something from back when it all began. I don’t even have to search anymore,” said Probst, adding, ” Who else can say they have a front yard full of Noah’s dirt?”

Um…all of us? Except that it has nothing to do with a biblical character.

Propst’s aunt Sharon agreed, saying: “To think that like he says that we have something in our yard that dated back to when God destroyed the earth. I mean, how much better could anything be?”

Oh yeah, the earth being destroyed, that’s fantastic! Maybe he’ll do it again, and we’ll get to see this time! Oh my.


  1. kestrel says

    This has left me practically speechless. (Not speechless, alas, just “practically”.)

    I didn’t realize you could just declare where fossils came from with no knowledge of geology etc, and I didn’t realize an “expert” could identify fossils without actually looking at them. My neighbor is a geologist, I’ll have to explain to him he’s been doing it all wrong. I guess.

    Wow. Now my face hurts.

  2. says


    My neighbor is a geologist, I’ll have to explain to him he’s been doing it all wrong. I guess.

    I think I’d share this with them, just for the reaction.

  3. kestrel says

    You read my mind… ;-D I just came back to the blog for the link. This will be fun.

  4. says

    Oh, please let me know what happens. The worst part of it for me is the involvement of the neighbourhood kids. Normally, it would be so great to see kids happily involved with finding and cleaning fossils, but in this case, it’s all going to reinforce these myths with none of the wonder of nature, history, evolution, geology, all that.

  5. Tethys says

    There is a Texas newscast about this right here. At least they bothered to ask an actual paleontologist

    But one expert at the University of Texas at Austin isn’t so sure. He said that the fossils predate humans by millions of years.
    “The rocks there are about 35-40 million years old, and these little turret snails are commonly found in marine rocks of that age,” said James Sagebiel, Collections Manager of the Texas Vertebrate Paleontology Collections. “It’s not unusual.”

    James Sagebiel said this type of fossil is usually found in sandy soil and the reason it’s here is not due to a great global flood.

    “The Texas coastline would have run several miles closer inland than what it is today,” said Sagebiel. “So where Tyler is today would essentially be the coastline.”
    Sagebiel said the scientific evidence points to the earth being billions of years old. And that there’s no evidence of a great global flood, as described in the Noah’s Ark story.

  6. Lofty says

    Why would glod put the snails all in a neat layer like that anyway? I though Da Fludd was a violent event. Anyway, I’d want to see a fossilised packet of snail bait nearby before believing that story.

  7. kestrel says

    To follow up: my neighbor says his reaction likely is not printable, and that worst of all, such “crap” as he calls it makes it into school curricula and text books.

    Always sad to see adults leading children astray like this. They’re supposed to be able to trust adults.

  8. says

    Kestrel @ 8:

    my neighbor says his reaction likely is not printable

    So, pretty much like mine.

    Always sad to see adults leading children astray like this.

    Yeah, it really is. It will make it so much harder to learn if they ever manage to break the religious washing, too.

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