Item 35 is noted as the first book on paleontology written in Spain: Aparato para la historia natural Espanola, published in 1754. Author Jose Torrubia was a Franciscan who traveled the world. He had stays in the Philippines, China, and America. He also had a curious mind, and became something of an amateur scientist. He was particularly fascinated by geology. When shown some fossils in Spain, he began conducting field research. He was a believer in the scientific method of observation, but in these pre-Darwinian days, he sought biblical explanations for what he saw. The result was he attributed seashells found in the mountains to Noah's flood; and large bones he found to giants. $13,500.
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