HistPaleo

HistPaleo - Uniformitarianism Types of unconformities Baron...

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Hercules battling the “Monster of Troy” depicted on a Greek crater dated at 550 B.C. Early cultural perceptions of fossil remains
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Siberian Pazyryk Carpet (approx. 2,350 years old) Entire carpet 6’ x 6’ detail of griffin from border
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Left: Protoceratops reconstruction compared to griffin Below: Scythian Tattoos
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Giraffokeryx and Sivatherium both could easily be misinterpreted as dragons
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Early “Fossil” Collections Georgius Agricola – 1494-1555 - De Natura Fossilium Conrad Gesner – 1516-1565 - De Rerum Fossilium
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Johannes Beringer 1726
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Johannes Beringer 1726
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Nicolaus Steno 1638-1686 Original Horizontality Original Lateral Continuity Superposition (also principles of inclusion and crosscutting)
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Grand Canyon
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James Hutton (1726-1797) and the beginnings of
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Unformatted text preview: Uniformitarianism Types of unconformities Baron Georges Leopold Cretien Frederic Dagobert Cuvier 1769-1832; prominent catastrophist William “Strata” Smith 1769-1839: canal engineer, first stratigrapher Smith’s canals today William Smiths canals today Wm. Smith’s canals today Sir Charles Lyell 1797-1875 • Championed Uniformitarianism • Darwin’s mentor • Proposed “Great Cycles” to preserve Uniformitarianism in the face of evidence of directionalism • Named Eocene, Miocene, Pliocene, based on “Lyellian Curves” Why Paleontology? • Biostratigraphy • Evolutionary Theory • Paleoecology • Paleogeography • Interest...
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