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William Lonsdale

(1794—1871) geologist


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(1794–1871) A curator and librarian of the Geological Society of London, who studied fossils, and especially corals and oolitic limestone. Lonsdale is credited with using his knowledge of fossils to demonstrate that sediments in Devon were of the same age as the Old Red Sandstone (1837), and thus helping to establish the Devonian System.

From A Dictionary of Earth Sciences in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Earth Sciences and Geography.


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