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Ancient Footprints Confirm a Biblical Timeline of the Ice Age

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Many evolutionists have long believed that humans didn’t migrate to the Americas until after the Ice Age. But new evidence has thrown a wrench in that theory! A recent Science article reports that scientists have found ancient footprints that indicate humans lived in North America before the Ice Age ended.

Why does this matter? Because evolutionists believe the earth is billions of years old and, as a result, have a timeline of human history and the Ice Age that fits their worldview. This new evidence, though, meshes perfectly with a biblical view of the earth’s 6,000-year history.

Ancient Footprints Before the Ice Age?

These fossilized footprints have caused quite a stir in the scientific community. According to the Wall Street Journal, a research team found 61 human trackways in seven different layers of silt, clay, and sand in White Sands National Park. They claim these footprints came from around 10 to 15 individuals and are around 21,000 to 23,000 years old.

So why do scientists care? Because, according to evolutionists, the latest ice age ended only 12,000 years ago.

Researchers were also surprised to find that these “prehistoric” footprints were nearly identical to modern human footprints. “They are very normal feet,” Matthew Bennett, the research team’s leader, tells the Wall Street Journal. “The toes are nicely defined.”

Evolutionists may have been surprised by these findings, but creationists are not. Those footprints look similar to modern footprints because humans haven’t evolved over millions of years! God created mankind on Day Six of Creation.

A Biblical Timeline of Human Migration and the Ice Age

The problem is, these scientists are working under the assumption that the universe is billions of years old. And because of that, they believe there have been many ice ages since the first one began 2.4 billion years ago. The most recent ice age, they claim, ended around 12,000 years ago, which is several thousand years after they believe people laid down the recently discovered footprints.

But the Bible indicates the earth is closer to 6,000 years old. It also tells us that people began spreading across the earth when God confused mankind’s language at the Tower of Babel. And according to Genesis 10, this event occurred just a few generations (around 100 years) after the Global Flood.

The Ice Age most likely occurred about 500 years after the Flood, giving humans plenty of time to reach North America and settle down, which explains the footprints! And instead of five significant ice ages that lasted millions of years, a biblical timeline indicates there was one major Ice Age that lasted about 700 years.

How the Flood Explains the Ice Age

So why do evolutionists believe there have been many ice ages spanning billions of years? Because they believe in an idea called uniformitarianism, which basically means that the processes we observe today have been happening at the same rate since the earth’s beginning. So when scientists see evidence of ancient glaciers, they assume they moved at the same rate that glaciers move today.

But uniformitarianism doesn’t account for an earth-changing cataclysm like Noah’s Flood. Interestingly, the biblical Flood perfectly provides the very precise conditions required for an ice age to occur.

For example, a Global Flood would have caused major changes in the earth’s crust, earth movements, and tremendous volcanic activity. All these would have greatly disturbed the climate.

The volcanic ash from the Flood and aerosols (small particles) would have hovered in the stratosphere for several years, blocking sunlight and causing temperatures on earth to cool. Continued volcanic activity during the Ice Age would have replenished the volcanic ash in the atmosphere, which would’ve continued keeping the earth’s temperature cool.

The Ice Age would have also required large amounts of precipitation. According to the Bible, the “fountains of the great deep” burst forth during the Flood, releasing hot water from the earth’s crust. That, coupled with volcanic eruptions and underwater lava flows, would have heated up the ocean, creating vast precipitation that would’ve fallen on cold continents and created powerful snowstorms.

So you see, the Bible still has the best explanation for the Ice Age and human migration across the world. Will we trust God’s absolute authority on these historical events? After all, He was there when they happened!

Learn More About the Ice Age From a Biblical Worldview

Enjoy these exclusive videos from Answers TV! Learn what the Bible and creation science teach us about the Ice Age!

The Ice Age

How many ice ages have there been? When was the last one? Did the Genesis Flood contribute to the Ice Age? Meteorologist Mike Oard examines the physical evidence, scrutinizes the secular theories, and shows how only the Bible explains the Ice Age.

Was There an Ice Age?

Join Cal Smith for an action-packed, five-minute teaching on the Ice Age! You’ll learn how the Bible and science come together to help us understand this fascinating time in world history.

The Mammoth and the Ice Age

What happened to woolly mammoths? Scientists Mike Oard explains this baffling mystery to the Ice Age that followed the Global Flood.