In chapter fourteen of The New Creationism (pp.199-203), I described the way in which many creationists interpret the sequence of fossils in the Palaeozoic and Mesozoic sediments in terms of the ecological distribution of organisms before the global flood, rather than evolution over long ages.
In accordance with this theory, many of the extinct plants and animals of the Palaeozoic have been reconstructed by Kurt Wise (2003) as inhabitants of a continent-sized ‘floating forest’ community that existed before the flood. Last year, Answers magazine published a very helpful article by Kurt (now available online) that explains more about how he came to develop the theory and the evidence that supports it (Wise 2008).
I was thinking about such things recently during a visit to North Wales. In 2006, a ‘fossil forest’ was discovered in Carboniferous sediments between two coal seams at the Brymbo steelworks near Wrexham (Anon, 2006). Early in 2009, some of the specimens from Brymbo were included in an exhibition of fossil plants at the Wrexham County Museum. In February my wife and I were visiting friends in nearby Coedpoeth, which gave me the opportunity to visit the museum and photograph some of the fossils that were on display. I thought you might like to see some of them here. If Kurt’s theory is right, these plants were living in the central part of the floating forest before it was broken up and buried during the global flood.
Anon. 2006. Fossil forest found at steelworks. BBC News Online.
Wise K. P. 2003. The pre-Flood floating forest: a study in paleontological pattern recognition, in: Ivey R. L. Jr. (editor), Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Creationism, Creation Science Fellowship, Pittsburgh, pp.371-381.
Wise K. P. 2008. Sinking a floating forest. Answers 3(4):40-45.