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A discourse on the revolutions of the surface of the globe, and the changes thereby produced in the animal kingdom.

Cuvier, Georges.

Published by Carey & Lea, Philadelphia, 1831
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First American edition of the baron's Discours sur les r?volutions de la surface du globe, this being the revised, expanded edition of his Recherches sur les ossements fossiles de quadrup?des. Cuvier's interpretation of geologic and fossil evidence was at odds with the evolutionary theories of Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck and Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, for Cuvier championed catastrophism, i.e., catastrophies as the agent of change. His influence on the debate lasted long after the publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species, and we now know that the theories of evolution and catastrophism are not completely mutually exclusive. 12mo (18.7 cm; 7.375"). iv, 252 pp., 6 plts., 4, 4 pp.(ads). American Imprints 6758. Publisher's quarter cloth with dun-colored paper over boards, paper spine label partially chipped away. Ex?social club library: 19th-century bookplate, call numbers inked on endpapers, no other markings. Some stains in a few margins; a rather nice copy. Bookseller Inventory # 32305

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Title: A discourse on the revolutions of the ...

Publisher: Carey & Lea, Philadelphia

Publication Date: 1831

Edition: 1st Edition

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