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Benoît de Maillet

(1656—1738)


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(1656–1738)

De Maillet was a French diplomat and traveller, whose posthumous work Telliamed (his name spelled backwards) was published in 1748. A cosmogony, covering the creation and pre-history of the Earth, it argued that all rocks and all forms of life had their origin in a diminishing ocean. He considered the Earth to be more than 2 billion years old. De Maillet's belief in mermaids and mermen made his book an object of easy ridicule by later naturalists.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.


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