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Charles Lyell Charles Lyell (1797-1875) book "The Principles of Geology" (1830-1833), he opposed Cuvier's theory that the features of the Earth were formed by a series of catastrophes, and expounded Hutton's view, known as uniformitarianism, that past events were brought about by the same processes that occur today - a view that influenced Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

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Lyell trained and practised as a lawyer, but retired from the law in 1827 and devoted himself full time to geology and writing.

Although he only in old age accepted that species had changed through evolution, he nevertheless provided Darwin with a geological framework within which evolutionary theories could be placed.

Darwin simply applied Lyell's geological method - explaining the past through what is observable in the present - to biology.

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Charles Lyell was a Scottish geologist.

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Date Added: 14 May '12

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