Originally posted by PawnCurry
I've been reading www.answersingenesis.com to try and find out what evidence many Christians believe there is for the Biblical account of the flood.
Fossil evidence is interpreted to show that there must have been a catastrophic flood at one particular moment in time to account for how creatures have been fossilized.
One question that bothers me: wh ...[text shortened]... in the flood?
I'd be interested if anyone has a view or explanation for this one.
I found these comments at answersingenesis. These are a few of the most relevant ideas relating to the shortage of human fossils. The whole article is at:
If there were, say, 10 million people at the time of the Flood12 and all their bodies were preserved and uniformly distributed throughout the 700 million cubic kilometers of fossil-bearing sedimentary rock layers, only one would be found in every 70 cubic kilometers of rock. Thus you would be unlikely to find even one human fossil.
On the other hand, land animals, such as mammals and birds, being mobile (especially birds), could escape to higher ground and be the last to succumb. People would cling to rafts, logs etc. until the very end and then tend to bloat and float and be scavenged by fish, with the bones breaking down rather quickly, rather than being preserved. This would make human fossils from the Flood exceedingly rare.
These are some factors that could account for the patterns seen in the fossil record, including the general absence of human fossils in Flood deposits. Most of the fossil record does not represent a history of life on earth, but the order of burial during the Flood. We would expect a pattern with a global Flood, but not an entirely consistent pattern, and this is what we find in the geological strata.