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Lecture 2 - Early Views on Fossils and Evolution

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Earth Sciences
Earth Sciences 1083F/G
Cameron Tsujita

Lecture 2Early Views on Fossils and Evolution y Aristotle o Mystic forces produced images resembling living things in stone y Fossils and Mythology o Chinese texts 300 AD dragons or dinosaurs o Ancient Greece Cyclops or elephant y Misidentified fossils o Objects sometimes interpreted as falling stars when they are actually fossils of squidlike animals or crinoids stems y Great Chain of Being o Placed god at the top followed by angels demons men women animals plants and minerals on the bottom y Leonardo Da Vinci o Remains of living things could have originally been deposited in soft sediments that have dried out and hardened y James Ussher o Calculated the age of the Earth based on the number of generations in the bible o Calculated the date of creation to October 29 4004 BC o Adam and Eve cast out of the Garden on Monday Nov 10 4004 BC o Ark came to rest on Mount Ararat on Wednesday 5 May 23
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