William Buckland

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William Buckland (1784-1856) was an English palentologist and geologist. In 1824, Buckland became the first scientist to publish a description of a dinosaur fossil (although the term didn't exist at that time), in his paper Notice on the Megalosaurus or Great Fossil Lizards of Stonesfield. It was in the same work where he first announced the first mammal fossil found in the age of reptiles, a position that had not previously existed with the belief of the day that mammals came only after the great reptiles. Although he did not believe in a literal reading of Genesis, Buckland was a deeply religious man, who attempted to use geology to support scripture. His primary work on the issue was The Bridgewater Treatises on the Power, Wisdom, and Goodness of God as Manifested in Creation published in 1836 in which he examined everything from mineral deposits to fossil plants to show evidence of an intelligent creator.[1]


  1. http://www.strangescience.net/buckland.htm
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