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Cuvier, Georges, Baron (Jean)

Born: 1769 AD
Died: 1832 AD, at 62 years of age.

Nationality: French
Categories: Geologist, Naturalists


1769 - Born on August 23rd in Montbéliard, France. French zoologist and statesman, who established the sciences of comparative anatomy and paleontology.

1784 - Cuvier attended the Académie Caroline (Karlsschule) in Stuttgart, Germany, where he studied comparative anatomy and learned to dissect.

1788 - After graduation Cuvier served in as a tutor, during which time he wrote original studies.

1795 - Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire invited Cuvier to come to Paris. Cuvier was first appointed an assistant and later a professor of animal anatomy at the post-French revolution Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle.

1813 - In his Essay on the Theory of the Earth, Cuvier proposed that new species were created after periodic catastrophic floods.

1831 - He was made Baron and a Peer of France.

1832 - Died on May 13th in Paris.


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