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Charles Lyell

(1797—1875) geologist


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(1797–1875)

Author of the influential Principles of Geology, 12 editions of which were published between 1830 and 1875. He was an extreme uniformitarian, emphasizing a great age for the Earth. He thus influenced Darwin by allowing the time needed for evolutionary changes to occur. See uniformitarianism; and drift.

Subjects: Science and Mathematics — Philosophy.


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