Canadian creationist Edgar Nernberg may have just made one of the most important fossil finds in decades.
The Calgary man, who sits on the board of directors of Big Valley's Creationist Museum, uncovered five fish fossils dating back 60m years. Not that he thinks they are actually that old.
"No, it hasn't changed my mind. We all have the same evidence, and it's just a matter of how you interpret it," Nernberg said to the Calgary Sun. "There's no dates stamped on these things."
According to Nernberg, the Earth is around only 6,000 years old and he has used his love of fossils to prove it. Despite his beliefs, Nernberg partnered with officials of the University of Calgary to unveil the five fish on 28 May.
The important discoveries are being applauded by the science community, who say those with less fossil knowledge than Nernberg could have dismissed them. "," paleontologist at the University of Calgary Darla Zelenitsky said.
She added,: "He was excavating a basement when he saw them, so it was a total fluke. he's apparently interested in fossils, and that's probably how he saw them. An ordinary person might have just seen blobs in the rock."
According to the Calgary Sun, the fish fossils are about the size of an iPhone are lived roughly 60m years ago. The fish are generally called bony-tongued fish, but the fossil type has not been identified.
"It's really uncommon, and these are complete fossil fish — and it's not very often we come across complete fossils in the Calgary area. I only know of a couple of occurrences in the past few decades, actually," Zelenitsky said.
While the fish will head to the University of Calgary, Nernberg said he would love one for the Creation Museum. He asked for a cast of the fossil instead. He said: "If I had my druthers, I'd want them in the [Creationist] museum. This is certainly the coolest thing I've found over the years."