Glossary Definition
Brongniart, Alexandre
(1770-1847)
French geologist and student of Cuvier who, along with his mentor, was one of the first to identify and cross-reference geologic strata using fossils, a methodological innovation credited to William Smith. Brongniart and Cuvier identified the same fossil layers all across the Paris region and showed that the regional fossil fauna had alternated between marine and freshwater forms over geologic time.

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