Ice Age Fossils Support Creation Studies

“It’s no secret that the lie of evolution has become a stumbling block for many on their path to salvation,” states Tom DeRosa, Founder and Executive Director of The Creation Studies Institute (CSI), located in Ft. Lauderdale. Once a devout atheist and evolutionist, DeRosa had a life changing experience when he accepted Christ. Since then he has studied extensively in the area of Creation. “CSI is called to remove this stumbling block by teaching the truth that God is our Creator, that we are made in His image, and that by Him and through Him, all things were made.”

CSI offers an annual family-friendly Ice Age Fossil Adventure on the Peace River in Arcadia, Florida. DeRosa has directed many expeditions which have lead to the discovery of a herd of mammoths recognized as one of the most significant finds in Florida.

Attendees spend the weekend digging and sifting through rocks and sand, unearthing treasures and learning about God’s creation.

Over eleven thousand people have journeyed the fossil-rich land of the Peace River known as Bone Valley. Past excavations have resulted in discovering bones of Sabertooth Cats, Columbian Mammoths, Giant Sloths (two stories tall), Megalodon Shark, Glyptodont (armadillo-like creatures, size of a Volkswagen) and many more Ice Age animals that previously roamed the land.

Guides will show how to collect and interpret Florida fossils using a biblical framework, then lead canoeing trips which “traverse about eight and half miles through the river base and through the Bone Valley area where all these fossils are,” said DeRosa. In the evening, guests enjoy dinner, interactive show and tell around the campfire, fellowship and Bible study.

DeRosa shared with The Good News how the worldwide cataclysmic biblical Flood was responsible for most of the major geological changes seen today on our planet. Many of the fossils in the Peace River are the creatures that would have survived the initial Flood, but eventually succumbed to changes that resulted in the Ice Age. With massive amounts of rain, “we believe the Ice Age came right after the flood. The conditions were just perfect,” Tom added.

A catastrophic flood would have caused significant changes in the earth’s crust resulting in tremendous volcanic activity and earth movement. This energy would have heated the ocean and greatly disturbed the planet’s climate. “When you have lots of energy, mountains moving about, continents splitting apart, you can imagine there would be a lot of volcanic debris and dust.” This sediment would distribute the earth’s weather pattern by ash residue blocking the sun. “So now the land becomes cold, the oceans become hot,” DeRosa continued. Hurricanes and large storms would easily occur. “And we believe that at that point during the Ice Age many of the weather patterns switched. Sahara desserts became lush with a great deal of vegetation, and so animals can migrate. Then you look in terms of where we are (in Florida) and you have a tremendous migration of animals coming.”

The belief is that the Ice Age lasted about seven hundred years. The oceans started to get a little warmer and as they began to cool, the weather was reaching an equilibrium. “Somewhere in the middle you’re going to have a lot of snow and ice and you’re going to have the animals migrating down. And guess where they went… right where we’re digging!” he tells.

Normally, vertebrate fossil collecting on public lands is illegal in most of the United States. However, the State of Florida allows fossil hunters to keep most finds if under the supervision of a guide holding a permit issued by the Florida Museum of Natural History.

CSI also features an interactive museum focused primarily on the Ice Age. “There are many secular, evolution-based museums throughout the country, but very few museums which tell the story of our origins from a creationist’s perspective,” said DeRosa.

To sign up for this hands-on Fossil Adventure, or further information on CSI’s Dinosaur Digs, Creation Expositions or Science Workshops, visit

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