Dating the fossil record
That was Baron Cuvier’s compromise, and it did superficially seem to account for multiple and differing horizons of fossils. The Word of God teaches only one episode of special creation, and only one global Flood, not many!
As is the eventual fate of all compromises, it was only a matter of time before any semblance to Scripture (in this case, the multiple creations and the multiple floods) had been dropped altogether.
Human hands and whale flippers have extremely similar bone structures.
This leads scientists to believe that both species used to be one species.
I provide a few recent examples of this, and then show that stratigraphic-range extension is not the exception but the rule.
The constant extension of ranges simultaneously reduces the credibility of the geologic column and organic evolution, and makes it easier for the Genesis Flood to explain an increasingly-random fossil record. Instead, they tend to be found at specific horizons, and these horizons can be located in rocks all over the world.
This can be seen in animals like humans and whales.
More than 120 fossil genera have been described, some dating back to Cambrian and Precambrian strata.
This fossil diversity contrasts remarkably with the fact that today there are only eight extant genera, including the familiar "mermaid's cup" Acetabularia.
The reality of the geologic column is predicated on the belief that fossils have restricted ranges in rock strata.
In actuality, as more and more fossils are found, the ranges of fossils keep increasing.