Essay on the Theory of the Earth: The Evolution Debate, 1813-1870 (Volume I) (Volume 2)

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Based at the Parisian Museum of Natural History, Cuvier was able to compare the fossil bones he dug from the quarries of Montmartre with those of animals alive today. Guided by the principle of correlation, that all the parts of an animal must cohere, and by analogy, with living species, Cuvier boldly reconstructed extinct creatures from the incomplete skeletons he unearthed. This process is described in his Essay on the Theory of the Earth.

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Translated by Robert Kerr, with a preface and notes by Robert Jameson, this English version of the first essay from George Cuvier's Recherches sur les ossements fossiles de quadrupèdes is an enquiry into the origins of the human race, the formation of the earth, and the interpretation of fossil remains.

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Georges Cuvier (1769-1832), est un anatomiste francais, promoteur de l'anatomie comparee et de la paleontologie au XIXe siecle.Issu dune famille protestante de Montbeliard province appartenant au Wurttemberg, il etudie a l'Academie Caroline de Stuttgart, ou il acquit la connaissance de la langue et de la litterature allemandes, il devient precepteur en Normandie. Tout en remplissant les devoirs de sa profession, il se consacre aussi a l'etude de l'histoire naturelle. Ses talents ayant ete apprecies par Tessier, savant agronome. Appele a Paris en 179, il se fait rapidement remarquer, a la fois par ses cours et par ses ecrits. Aussi, il est nomme successivement professeur d'histoire naturelle aux ecoles centrales, suppleant de la chaire d'anatomie comparee au Museum, professeur au College de France, membre de l'Institut (1796), puis secretaire perpetuel de la section des sciences (1803). Il est en outre admis peu apres a l'Academie francaise. Plus tard, il gravit les echelons academiques et devient inspecteur des etudes, conseiller et chancelier de l'Universite (1808), tout en accomplissant plusieurs fois les fonctions de grand maitre. Force est d admettre qu il profite de cette position pour favoriser l'enseignement de l'histoire et des sciences. Nomme en 1814 conseiller d'Etat, puis president du comite de l'interieur, il se distingue dans cette nouvelle carriere mais se montre trop complaisant pour le pouvoir en place.Comme naturaliste, Cuvier, surnomme l'Aristote du XIXe siecle, a contribue a son developpement. En effet, il a donne a la zoologie une classification naturelle et a permis a l'anatomie comparee de faire un pas immense en reconnaissant qu'il existe entre tous les organes d'un meme animal une subordination telle que de la connaissance d'un seul organe on peut deduire celle de tous les autres: c'est ce qu'il appelait la loi de la correlation des formes. Enfin il a donne a la geologie de nouvelles bases d observations, en fournissant les moyens de determiner l'anciennete des couches terrestres par la nature des debris qu'elles renferment.

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