Fossil Age Shifting

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Fossil Age Shifting reported in a classic case of the use of fossils to determine the "age" of Australian rocks is seen in one official text on the Geology of New South Wales where fossil glossopteris leaves were used to fix the age of the Narabeen Sandstones near Sydney, Australia. The Journal of Geological Society of Australia, p316, Vol 16, Part 1 (1969) states, "it has been customary to regard the Narabeen group as Triassic in age, but because the "glossopteris flora" is still found in the basal 70 feet (21m) of the Narabeen group (e.g. South of Swansea) and R.J. Helby (pers.com) has identified probable Permian spores in the lower Narabeen strata of the Wyong district, the lowest part of this group may be Permian."

Editorial Comment: Always remember that when any date contradicts the fossil age of the same rock, the fossil 'date' has precedence, which leads to two unpopular conclusions:

1. Radioactive data aren't absolute, and

2. Fossil dates are arbitrary.

(Ref. fossil, dating, Australia)

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