Naturalists working in Paris, France a few years before Charles Lyell was born, discovered fossil-bearing strata. Lyell used this information in his important book, Principles of Geology, and divided the strata into three divisions. The fossil-bearing rock strata are said to fall into three major divisions called “eras“. The three major eras are Centozoic (meaning “recent life”), Mesozoic (meaning ” middle life”), and Paleozoic (meaning “ancient life”). The theory Lyell developed was called Uniformitarianism. According to this theory, the way everything is occurring today is the way it has always occurred on our planet. Here are the dates when various geological time scales were first developed. It is called the Geologic Column.
The ERAS : Paleozoic – 1838, Mesozoic – 1841, Cenozoic – 1841; The PERIODS : Cambrian – 1835, Ordovician – 1879, Silurian – 1835, Devonian – 1837, Carboniferous – 1822, Permian – 1941, Triassic – 1834, Jurassic – 1795, Cretaceous – 1822, Tertiary – 1759, Quaternary – 1829.
The fossil /strata theory is genuinely archaic. The basics of the theory were devised when very little was known about strata or fossils. But geology and paleontology have been saddled with it ever since. It has since been established that Lyell’s theory does not agree with reality. The percentage of still-living species is very, very high throughout all the strata, and varies from place to place for each stratum in different localities.
Perhaps the most ridiculous part of this is that radio-dating of rocks, which did not exist when the 19th century theories were devised, is forced to fit those 19th-century strata dates! It is done by using only a few test samples which fit the 19th century dates. The rest are discarded. The Gap Theory, Day-Age Theory, and Theistic Evolution give scope to the long geological eras. The Geologic column is a remarkable hoax. Old earth creationism believes in the fossil /strata theory.
The professor of paleobiology at Kansas State University wrote this : “Contrary to what most scientists write, the fossil record does not support the Darwinism theory of evolution, because it is this theory which we use to interpret the fossil record. By doing so, we are guilty of circular reasoning if we then say the fossil record support this theory.” (Ronald R. West, Paleontology and Uniformitarianism,” in Compass, May 1968, p. 216).
For more information on uniformitarinism, Geologic column,and the fossil record go to http://www.wikipedia.com.