French clergyman who became widely known for his work in evolutionary theory and paleontology. Teilhard studied Eocene fossils from the Fayum while he was in Egypt. He then was stationed in England, where he participated in the Piltdown excavation. Teilhard was sent to China as a missionary in 1926 and immediately became involved with Davidson Black's field work at Zhoukoudian, taking over the project along with Franz Weidenreich in 1934. In later years Teilhard advocated a somewhat mystical fusion of religion and evolutionary theory.
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