Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz


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Noun1.Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz - United States naturalist (born in Switzerland) who studied fossil fishJean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz - United States naturalist (born in Switzerland) who studied fossil fish; recognized geological evidence that ice ages had occurred in North America (1807-1873)
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Venetz, and scientist Jean de Charpentier, each building on his predecessors' conclusions and deducing (largely from terminal moraines and erratics) that the alpine glaciers had once extended farther down-valley, Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz had concluded that an ice cap had earlier covered much of Europe as far south as the Mediterranean, as well as much of North America (Chor-ley et el., 1964; Imbrie and Imbrie, 1979).
Pauline Agassiz was born in Switzerland, a daughter of the world-famous Swiss naturalist Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz. Soon after her father immigrated to the United States to take the position of chair of Zoology and Geology at Harvard University, he brought his family to Cambridge, Massachusetts.