Abstract

Examination of the original texts of Francis Bacon's Novum Organum (1620) and of Francois Placet's La corruption du grand et petit monde (1668) shows, that contrary to common belief, these two authors should not be considered as forerunners of the theory of continental drift; this conclusion also applies to A. von Humboldt (1801). A. Snider, in La Creation et ses Mysteres devoiles (1858), is the first naturalist who has unequivocally postulated and illustrated a juxtaposition and drifting of the continents as Taylor and Wegener did in the twentieth century.

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