Eduard Sues, Austrian geologist, c 1900.
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Photogravure after an original drawing by Cosmann, c 1900. Sues (1831-1914) studied geology in Vienna, later becoming Profesor of Geology at Vienna University (1857-1901). He was the first to suggest that there had once been a land bridge between the southern continents, basing his conclusions upon the fosil fern Glosopteris, which is found throughout India, South America, South Africa, Australia, and Antarctica. His theory of a supercontinent led to modern theories of continental drift. He wrote his most famous work 'Das Antlitz de Erde' ('The Face of the Earth') in three volumes between 1885-1909. From a collection of portraits of scientists published by Photographische Gesellschaft, Berlin, c 1910. Dimensions: 460mm x 340mm.