I tend to giggle uncontrollably whenever I hear a creationist claim that the fossil record supports their belief in a young earth and a global flood. There are only two types of people who would say this: those who are abysmally ignorant of geology and those who lie through their teeth. Jessa Duggar is, I presume, in the first category:
On her Instagram account, Duggar also said she visited the Creation Museum in Kentucky. She claimed that the fossil record proved that the biblical story of the great flood was true.
“If there really was a worldwide flood (as the Bible speaks of), what would the evidence be? Billions of dead things buried in rock layers, laid down by water, all over the earth,” she wrote. “And that’s exactly what we find. Billions of dead things buried in rock layers, laid down by water, all over the earth. An Evolutionist and a Creationist will look at the same thing, but come to different conclusions because of their different starting points.”
If the earth really is billions of years old with every square foot of the planet having been under entirely different environmental conditions at different points over a vast amount of time, what would the evidence be? Billions of dead things buried in a succession of geologic strata that require completely different depositional environments. And that’s exactly what we find. Creationists only reach a different conclusion because they have an a priori commitment to a nonsensical religious creation myth and because they ignore and distort the true nature of that evidence.