Google has a new doodle celebrating the 374th birthday of Danish scientist Nicolas Steno. The doodle dislplays Google’s logo as a series of rock layers, with fossils embedded in the middle.
Nicolas Steno is widely considered to be the father of geology and stratigraphy. He was fascinated by the idea of solid objects becoming embedded in other solid objects, such as fossils in rock formations. Over time, he became one of the first scientists to explore the idea that fossils were once living creatures.
Steno was also a Catholic priest, and he is considered today to be a candidate for eventual canonisation. In 1987 he was beatified, the first step towards becoming a saint, although whether the Blessed Nicolas Steno can be shown to have performed miracles is another matter.