Isle of Wight Research

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Isle Of Wight research as John Mackay visited the Isle to do advance preparation for future field trips to the dinosaur beds there. The exposed Cretaceous strata vary between 600m (1,800ft) and 1,000m (3,000ft) thick and supposedly took 65 million years to form. Walking along the cliffs it soon became obvious that evolutionary time scales have a serious problem. If the 1,000m or so of sediment which contains the dinosaur bones was laid down over the period claimed, then on average only .01mm (.0004 inches) was deposited each year. Not enough to cover the bones before they rotted! Clearly these long time scales cannot be accurate, especially as fossil pine trees in the beds were washed in from the north by catastrophic floods.

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