McCoy and Clarke : their dispute over the age of Australia's black coal

Pierson, Roger 2001, McCoy and Clarke : their dispute over the age of Australia's black coal, Victorian naturalist, vol. 118, no. 5, pp. 219-225.

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Title McCoy and Clarke : their dispute over the age of Australia's black coal
Author(s) Pierson, Roger
Journal name Victorian naturalist
Volume number 118
Issue number 5
Start page 219
End page 225
Publisher Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2001
ISSN 0042-5184
Summary From 1847 until his death in 1899, Professor Frederick McCoy, palaeontologist in Melbourne, maintained a war of words in the scientific literature with Rev. William Clarke, geologist in Sydney, concerning the age of Australia’s black coal deposits. McCoy was convinced that the coals were all of Mesozoic age and Clarke, during the period from 1847 to his death in 1878, maintained equally vehemently that they were Palaeozoic. In fact, Clarke was correct in placing the New South Wales coals in the Palaeozoic, and McCoy’s placing of the Victorian coals in the Mesozoic was also correct. The two men were both particularly stubborn and neither would admit that they might have been arguing about coals of differing ages. Both stood unbendingly by their Northern Hemisphere, European backgrounds, and neither would change their views in the face of new evidence from the Colonies.
Language eng
Field of Research 040308 Palaeontology (incl Palynology)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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