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Different species of ammonites lived at different times within the Mesozoic, so identifying a fossil species can help narrow down when a rock was formed.Correlation can involve matching an undated rock with a dated one at another location.In their explanations for the origin of Man, and of the world, both religion and science contain elements of blind belief, and so their adherents are alike religionists, one could even argue, the very same dogmatists the scientists especially rail so hard against.As we will elaborate on soon, such enterprises as the search for origins are legitimate, worthy, and worthwhile pursuits, but while one might use or apply scientific principles for the research, these subjects are primarily metaphysical enterprises, and metaphysics is not science.Many fairly recent thinkers about Epistemology, and the Philosophy of Science, like that trendy pragmatic and paradigmatic trio Feyerabend, Popper, and Kuhn, concentrated their efforts on explicating, perhaps too much, the natural pattern of how the progression of science works.They talked about the “standing science” or as they call it “the paradigm” and how “scientific revolutions” shift and even change these epistemological edifices over time.Relative dating does not provide actual numerical dates for the rocks.
The method of reading the order is called stratigraphy (layers of rock are called strata).
We need to recognize today, and be aware of, this elevation of science to dogma. Too many today, on all sides of the search for Man’s origins, adhere to their positions as if they are literal and indisputable Truth, this despite their having little or no good evidence for what they believe.
It is as if giving up on absolute Truth has opened up the flood gates and allowed in all kinds of nonsense being peddled as acceptable scientific theory.
Some of the most useful fossils for dating purposes are very small ones.
For example, microscopic dinoflagellates have been studied and dated in great detail around the world.