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date: 24 August 2019

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This chapter examines Leibniz’s contribution to the earth sciences. It focuses on his history of the earth, or Protogaea, written during the early 1690s. In this work, Leibniz used minerals and fossils to reconstruct prehistory, applying the methods of the historian to the archives of nature. The argument here is that Leibniz’s history of the earth helped to create conditions for the possibility of geology and paleontology as modern disciplines.

Keywords: geology, earth sciences, prehistory, paleontology, history, Protogaea

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