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One can hardly accuse these pioneers of evolutionary prejudice.

Nearly a half-century would pass before Darwin's book, The Origin of Species, was published!

(The principle of superposition was recognized as early as 1669 by Steno.) Reverend Benjamin Richardson and Reverend Joseph Townsend were a couple of early geologists involved in this work. Obviously, even Lyell was not pushing evolution at the time.

By 1830 Lyell's famous textbook, Principles of Geology, came out. Such was the age of the great creationist geologists!

The principle of faunal succession in the geologic record was established by direct observation as early as 1799 by William Smith.

By the 1830's Adam Sedgwick and Roderick Murchison established a correlation between the various types of fossils and the rock formations in the British Isles.

It was found that certain fossils, now referred to as index fossils, were restricted to a narrow zone of strata.