A French customs officer and amateur antiquary whose discovery in the gravels of the Somme of chipped flints in association with the remains of extinct fauna led him to argue for the great antiquity of man. It took a considerable time for his theories to gain support, but they were slowly accepted by the French and British scientific communities. Boucher first set out his findings in his five‐volume De la création: essai sur l'origine et la progression des êtres (1838–41) and later in his three‐volume work Antiquités celtiques et antediluviennes (1847).
C. Cohen, 1989, Boucher de Perthes: 1788–1868: les origines romantiques de la préhistoire. Paris: Berlin