Tiger in Oil and Other Surprising Fossils
Deposits in North and South America reveal a rich diversity of mammals discovered by oil workers, some fossils in the oil.
Venezuela tiger in oil: Remains of mastodons, crocodiles, glyptodonts, sloths, and sabre-tooth tigers are turning up in oil deposits in Venezuela, PhysOrg reported. The article describes a veritable “Jurassic Park” of creatures it says inhabited the area from 14,000 to 370 million years ago. Human-carved spear points have also been found. “Under the rich Venezuelan soil, paleontologists have found treasures rivaling the bountiful oil: a giant armadillo the size of a Volkswagen, a crocodile bigger than a bus and a saber-toothed tiger” among the 12,000 fossils documented so far.
Oklahoma camel: While digging for a new well, oil workers found a camel and a “small primitive horse” among other fossils under six inches of soil, Western Digs reported. The article claims that camels originated in North America before migrating to the Middle East, then went extinct in America (except for the llamas and their ilk in South America). American camels, said to date from 23 to 5 million years ago, were quite diverse:
It was also a tumultuous time for the young family Camelidae, which came to include the first true camels. The mammals underwent bouts of evolutionary changes that resulted in animals that may have borne little resemblance to the desert-dwellers we know now; some Miocene camels had necks as long as giraffes’, while others had short, stumpy legs.
It would seem that, like the sloths and elephants alive today, fossil mammals were even larger and more diverse than they are now. As in Venezuela, evidence of human habitation was also found:
In fact, a recent study of hand-hewn stone tools discovered in what’s now Boulder, Colorado, found that they contained traces of camel and horse meat, as well as proteins associated with other Ice Age animals like the short-faced bear.
Neither article stated whether the strata in which these fossils were found showed an evolutionary progression. Presumably the human artifacts were in the same oil or soil.
Is it plausible to presume that the Venezuelan oil deposit remained intact for 370 million years? These deposits call for further study without evolutionary glasses on. It seems to indicate that animals from different assumed “ages” lived together. As is usually the case, the stronger, fitter, larger and more diverse animals are often the fossilized ones. That’s not evolution.