Glossary Definition
Buckland, William
English geologist and teacher of Lyell. Buckland is known for his attempts to reconcile religion and geology and for being among the first to identify dinosaur fossils. As a natural theologist, he believed that new life forms were continually created. He also believed that the Earth had been shaped by a series of catastrophes and tried to find evidence that a worldwide flood — Noah's biblical flood — was the most recent of these.

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