Thousands of Fossils, Three Fossil Hunters and the Creator.
My boys have been sick most of the week, so I decided to get them out of the house. We couldn’t really take them to church today, as they were still contagious. I decided to take them fossil hunting and teach them about how God works in creation. So, we packed up and drove to southwestern Ohio to do some fossil hunting.
For those of you who don’t know, Ohio contains some of the best fossil beds in the world. During the Ordovician period (about 450 million years ago), Ohio was covered in a shallow, tropical sea. This sea was teaming with ancient sea life that died on this ocean floor. Through the process of fossilization, fossil hunters of Ohio have an explosion of fossil goodness.
We visited one of the best fossil beds in the state at Ceasar Creek State Park which borders on a lake created by the Corp of Engineers. In the process of making the dam, they created spillways. The spillway water has washed away the soil to the ancient seabed and its fossils.
After a stop at the visitor center to get a permit (they are free), we went to the fossil beds. The three of us set across the fossil beds, delighted at the abundance at our feet. If you were being irresponsible, you seriously carry out a trashbag full of fossils and not even come close to making a dent. The three of us filled our small plastic bags with Trilobites, Crinoids, Brachopods and Coral.
I used this time to talk to the boys about how God created the world. That is, He did so through natural processes that took a very long time. We talked about early life forms, how they lived and died, and how God developed life.
I taught them early sceintific methods as I asked them questions about each fossil. We are going to clean, find out the scientific names for each one and put them on cards.
In the end, we are going to put together our own little fossil museum in the basement of our house, complete with charts and timelines. I’m sure it’s going to be a worldwide attraction.
So, it was a great day of spending time with my two favorite boys in the world in God’s creation and learning how to be scientists.