This amazing discovery by Jerry Stone in 19801appears to be a great mystery because the modern naturalistic worldview (evolution) of an earth billions of years old describes such fossils as being many thousands or even millions of years old. Therefore, when a cowboy boot of perhaps a mere hundred years (common rubber sole use in boots began in 18712) was found with a fossilized leg yet inside of it, an apparent paradox emerged. How could this be?
Please don’t go skipping down the nutty road that wonders if the cowboy was perhaps an alien or a time traveler!
The seeming paradox is resolved simply by unlearning the modern worldview of an ancient earth. Whether any fossil is ancient is neither observable nor testable directly in the present. Ancient fossils are based solely on evolutionary assumptions.
In light of these wild assumptions, regarding fossils, what we actually find scientifically and experimentally is that the fossilization process can (and perhaps only) occurs rapidly. Science has shown that under unique chemical and environmental circumstances, that involve water and sediments created by flood waters, fossils are formed.
Time is an ingredient in fossilization. Experimentation reveals that fossilization is measured in days, months, or decades.
2 Bellis, Mary “The History of Shoes, Footwear from Ancient Times to the 20th Century” Aug 2019 https://www.thoughtco.com/history-of-shoes-1992405