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Worlds Before Adam: The Reconstruction of Geohistory in the Age of Reform

Martin J. S. Rudwick

Abstract

In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, scientists reconstructed the immensely long history of the earth—and the relatively recent arrival of human life. The geologists of the period, many of whom were devout believers, agreed about this vast timescale. But despite this apparent harmony between geology and Genesis, these scientists still debated a great many questions: Had the earth cooled from its origin as a fiery ball in space, or had it always been the same kind of place as it is now? Was prehuman life marked by mass extinctions, or had fauna and flora changed slowly over ti ... More

Keywords: Genesis, prehuman life, mass extinctions, fauna and flora, prehuman geohistory, post-Napoleonic Restoration, Victorian age, geologists, first dinosaur fossils, glacial theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226731285
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226731308.001.0001

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Martin J. S. Rudwick, author

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