From clergymen to computers—the advent of virtual palaeontology

  title={From clergymen to computers—the advent of virtual palaeontology},
  author={Russell J. Garwood and Imran A. Rahman and Mark D. Sutton},
  journal={Geology Today},
Palaeontology was established as a science in the Victorian era, yet has roots that stretch deeper into the recesses of history. More than 2000 years ago, the Greek philosopher Aristotle deduced that fossil sea shells were once living organisms, and around 500 ad Xenophanes used fossils to argue that many areas of land must have previously been submarine. In 1027, the Persian scholar Avicenna suggested that organisms were fossilized by petrifying fluids; this theory was accepted by most natural… 
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