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Stratigraphy's Founding Saint

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Science  04 Jul 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5629, pp. 51
DOI: 10.1126/science.1086521

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The Seashell on the Mountaintop A Story of Science, Sainthood, and the Humble Genius who Discovered a New History of the Earth. Alan Cutler. Dutton (Penguin), New York, 2003. 240 pp. $23.95, C$36. ISBN 0-525-94708-6.

Cutler offers an account of Nicholas Steno and his pioneering contributions to our understanding of fossils, stratigraphy, and Earth History.