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Ancient Flowers Preserved in Amber Look Just Like Flowers Today


Flowers are rare to find in the fossil record, yet researchers recently found two kinds! Two fossilized flower species were discovered inside an amber near the feet of a dinosaur fossil. The researchers say the flowers are 99 million years old, but there’s one thing that’s puzzling them—the “prehistoric” flowers look very similar to modern-day flowers.

So where’s the evolution? According to an article about the discovery:

“The study reveals these ancient flower species resemble some flowers in South Africa, indicating the flowers in the country have remained unchanged for the past 99 million years.”

This finding contradicts what Charles Darwin described in his version of evolutionary theory. After all, Darwin believed that species evolved slowly over long periods of time and that each change was the direct result of natural selection.

But the fossil record shows a “sudden appearance and diversification of flowering plants during the Cretaceous period,” according to the article. Darwin puzzled over this during his lifetime. He couldn’t understand how these flowering plants suddenly appeared without any visible ancestors.

The study offers a potential answer to Darwin’s dilemma: flowers don’t fossilize as easily as leaves do. Leaves are more abundant and their material lasts longer, making them easier to preserve.

This idea doesn’t fully answer Darwin’s problem, though. And it doesn’t explain why these flowers haven’t evolved in 99 million years.

No Evolution? No Problem for Creationists

This lack of evolution, of course, doesn’t present a problem for creationists. Instead, we know that God created all plant life on Day 2 of Creation Week:

“Then God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit according to their kind with seed in them’; and it was so. The earth produced vegetation, plants yielding seed, according to their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, according to their kind; and God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:11-12, NASB, emphasis added).

Notice that God created all plants, flowers, and fruit according to their kinds. Within these kinds, He created the ability for vast genetic diversity, but one plant kind does not eventually evolve into another (or into an animal for that matter).

“You don’t have a mechanism for evolution—that’s the problem,” says geneticist Dr. Georgia Purdom. “When it comes down to it, if you can’t change the genetics, you can’t change one organism into another.”

According to a biblical perspective, it makes sense that these perfectly preserved flowers found near a dinosaur fossil look just like South African flowers today. They’re still reproducing after their own kind.

Learn More About Genetics From a Biblical Perspective

Why do we see so much diversity among plants and animals today? Is it the result of billions of years of evolution? Not according to the Bible. Genesis 1 tells us that God created all plants and animals according to their kinds.

Discover the amazing laws of genetics and the beautiful potential for diversity God has built into each plant and animal kind.

Genetics, Evolution, and Creation

Discover solid answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about genetics and evolution.

From beneficial mutations to natural selections and “junk” DNA, many evolutionists try to use discoveries as “proof” for the common ancestry of all life on earth. But does what we observe in genetics actually support evolution? Or does it support the biblical account?

The Genetics of Adam and Eve

One of the biggest debates in evangelical Christianity today is whether Adam and Eve were real people. Join Dr. Georgia Purdom as she delves into the genetics behind humanity.