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Scientific Evidence for an Old Earth


RTB affirms that the scientific community has reconstructed the chronological history of Earth (and the universe) with remarkable precision and accuracy. Some notable elements of that chronology include Earth’s formation 4.5 billion years ago, the first confirmed appearance of life around 3.5 billion years ago, the Cambrian explosion at 540 million years ago, and the origin of humanity somewhere between 50 and 150 thousand years ago. Obviously scientists have determined some dates more accurately than others, but the consistency of different dating techniques applied to the same event gives confidence in the overall chronology. The only group of people who seem to dispute the dates in any significant fashion are Christians who argue for a 6,000- to 10,000-year-old Earth. The links below address some of these concerns.

Featured Articles on Scientific Evidence for an Old Earth

  • TNRTB Classic: Ancient Collagen Explained

    February 16, 2012

    A few days ago, I explained why the recovery of cuttlefish fossils containing the organic material chitin fails to support the young-earth model.

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    • Scientific Evidence for an Old Earth
  • Chitin in Ancient Cuttlefish Fails to Support Young-Earth Creationism

    February 13, 2012

    A young-earth proponent claims it’s impossible for an organic material like chitin to survive 35 million years—thus the chitin remains associated with cuttlefish fossils must be only a few thousand years old. His argument is not unreasonable, but the chemical nature of chitin coupled with the burial and fossilization environment provide ample support for the 35-million-year date.

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    • Scientific Evidence for an Old Earth
  • Multiple Lines of Evidence Support an Ancient Earth

    December 16, 2010

    Your child lies on the couch acting unusually calm. You touch their forehead and it feels warm.

    • Scientific Evidence for an Old Earth
    • Scientific Evidence for an Old Earth
  • Helium Diffusion in Zircon: Flaws in a Young-Earth Argument, Part 1 (of 2)

    September 9, 2008

    Radiometric dating methods have long been a target of young-earth creationists, and for good reason.

    • Scientific Evidence for an Old Earth
    • Scientific Evidence for an Old Earth

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