I like fossils. I like irony. I can understand why so many people send me links to this article, or others like it: Alberta creationist Edgar Nernberg digs up what scientists are calling the most important fossil finds in decades, which calls these particular fossils “priceless”.
Yeah? Tell that to your local rock shop, which would happily slap a price sticker on them, and it wouldn’t be that high. These are 60 million year old fossils, and there are lots of fossil fish dug up like them. Osteoglossiformes, like these, are found in the Green River formation — they’re unusual around Calgary, but to call them “the most important fossil finds in decades” is absurd hype.
It’s also not so unusual that a creationist would find fossils. It’s kind of a standing joke that creationists spawn above the most interesting fossil sites: AiG’s Creation “Museum” is built atop the Cincinnatian layer, which is rich in Ordovician fauna. The Niobrara chalk in Kansas is full of Cretaceous marine organisms.
I agree that it’s amusing that a creationist’s basement contains 60 million year old fossils, but exaggerating its importance by calling it “the most important fossil finds in decades” is wrong and is just feeding the creationist’s ego.