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(1769-1832). Eminent French geologist (nicknamed the ‘Pope of Bones’) who was one of the foremost proponents of the catastrophist geological theory, which held that the record of the earth’s surface could only be interpreted in terms of a series of great catastrophes, of which Noah’s Flood was the last. For a contrasting view, see Lyell, Sir Charles.

The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983Copied