Happy birthday Georges Cuvier!

by Anonymous on Aug. 23rd, 2014

Georges Cuvier: portrait by François-André Vincent.
Georges Cuvier: portrait by François-André Vincent.Courtesy Public domain via Wikipedia
Today is the 245th anniversary of the birth of naturalist Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric Cuvier born in 1769 in Montbéliard, a French-speaking (but not French ruled) region in the Jura Mountains. In 1795, Georges Cuvier (as he was known) went to Paris where, eventually he was appointed a professor of animal anatomy at the Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle. Cuvier is considered one of the founders of comparative anatomy and vertebrate paleontology, and helped establish the idea of extinction as a scientific fact.

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Additional reading at UCMP Berkeley
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