Texas Man Says Snails Prove Bible's Great Flood

| by Diana Kruzman
A fossil of a snail from the Lower OligoceneA fossil of a snail from the Lower Oligocene

A Texas man who discovered snail fossils in his front yard claims that they are proof of the Great Flood mentioned in the Christian Bible.

Wayne Propst, a resident of the city of Tyler in Smith County, discovered the fossils as he was helping his aunt lay dirt in front of his home, according to World Religion News. Propst told KYTX, his local news station, that he believed the objects he found proved that a giant flood had occurred in Biblical times and that all modern organisms were descended from the animals aboard Noah’s Ark.

“From Noah’s flood to my front yard, how much better can it get?” Propst told KYTX. “What's really interesting to me is we're talking about the largest catastrophe known to man, the flood that engulfed the entire world.”

Propst believes in Creationism, which “refers to the religious belief in a supernatural deity or force that intervenes, or has intervened, directly in the physical world,” according to the National Center for Science Education. This doctrine is in direct opposition to evolutionary biologists who explain the modern world in terms of evolution, in which all organisms change over time through natural selection and adaptation.

Scientists explain the fossils in terms of sedimentary deposits, which built up above the snails over millions of years, according to World Religion News. The area where the city of Tyler stands today was once a coastline where the snails lived along the shore, scientists say, and after the snails died, the shapes of their bodies were preserved as layers of rock collected over them. This explanation factors in geological evidence that proves the rocks cannot have existed at the time that the Biblical flood was said to occur.

Sources: World Religion News, KYTX, National Center for Science Education / Photo credit: James St. John/Flickr