Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Lyell, Charles

English barrister and geologist, and author of The Principles of Geology (1830-3), which Henslow advised Darwin to read during his Beagle voyage ‘but on no account to believe’ because of Lyell’s caution over the possibility of evolution. Among the principles redefined by Lyell was uniformitarianism, a form of geological gradualism. Lyell was later a close friend and supporter of Darwin, finally conceding the possibility of human evolution in his book Geological Evidence of the Antiquity of Man (1863).

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