Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Diluvianism

Eighteenth century idea that certain geological phenomena constitute evidence of the biblical flood; at that time, certain mixed sediments were termed diluvial in the minds of the three chiefproponents, William Buckland, William Conybeare (1785-1873) and Adam Sedgwick (1787-1857). Diluvianism was replaced by uniformitarianism after 1870.

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