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Nicolaus Steno (1638 - 1686)

Niels Stenson (aka Nicolaus Steno) is credited with discovering and formulating the fundamental principles of geology and stratigraphy and also showed a eye for paleontology and anatomy.

The three principles of stratigraphy he formulated were:

His principles assumed an original fluid state of rock and minerals, a theory which was aided by his knowledge of the biblical flood.