72 million year old sea turtle good news for creationist

AFP reported that:

Paleontologists on Thursday unveiled the oldest fossil remains of a sea turtle that lived 72 million years ago in northern Mexico, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said.

"It is the oldest sea turtle of its kind and it belongs to the chelonia family. The oldest specimen of this species up to now was 65 million years old and was found in New Jersey, United States," the INAH said in a statement.

Obviously this fossil is still a turtle. It's not something on its way to become a turtle. But the good news for young earth creationists is the age of the fossil. We want old fossils, the older the better. Why? Since the last 100 years fossil remains have begun a relentless drive towards becoming older. Geologists divide the ground below us in layers. The bottom is the Cambrian. Today we even talk about the Cambrian explosion because in that layer so many different fossils are found. Suddenly live appears, and it's everywhere, it's very diverse, and the missing links are still missing of course.

But not every kind of fossil is found there. Not yet that is. Every year dozens of species get millions to hundreds of millions older, i.e. there is a find that pushes the origin of a species back by so many million years. That happens with vegetation is a well. For example for many years it was dogma that grasses only evolved after the dinosaurs became extinct. Until we found grass inside the belly of a dinosaur. Oops.

So older fossils are good. What we are likely to see is that we will find virtually every fossil in the Cambrian. Which means that every species "evolved" at the same time. So every time I read an article about a fossil that's older than the last known found, I rejoice.