Remarks on a scene, depicting the primeval world

A talk given by Leopold von Buch in 1831, popularizing the Duria antiquior

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The Prussian geologist Leopold von Buch was a lifelong friend of Alexander von Humboldt and had a significant influence on Humboldt’s geological ideas. In a talk, held in Berlin in 1831, which is published here for the first time, von Buch presented the Duria Antiquior of 1830 by the English geologist Henry De La Beche. The Duria Antiquior is widely regarded as the earliest depiction of a scene of prehistoric life from deep time. The print raised new questions about the processes of geohistorical change. The talk reveals that Leopold von Buch was a true scientist of the Romantic Age. His descriptions of geohistorical organismic transformations are taken from pictorial examples of organismic transformation from the classical literature. The talk also illustrates how influential English geologists were for geo-historical reconstructions in Germany.
Original languageEnglish
Journal HiN. Alexander von Humboldt im Netz
VolumeXIV
Issue number27
Pages (from-to)7-35
Number of pages29
ISSN1617-5239
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 1171 Geosciences

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Remarks on a scene, depicting the primeval world : A talk given by Leopold von Buch in 1831, popularizing the Duria antiquior. / Kröger, Björn.

In: HiN. Alexander von Humboldt im Netz , Vol. XIV, No. 27, 2013, p. 7-35.

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