Georges Cuvier Quotes (25 quotes)
“It is evident that one cannot say anything demonstrable about the problem before having resolved these preliminary questions, and yet we hardly possess the necessary information to solve some of them.”
as stated in 1796 before the National Institute of Sciences and Arts in Paris, concerning fossil elephants.
“Secondly, the nature of the revolutions which have altered the surface of the earth must have had a more decisive effect on the terrestrial quadrupeds than on the marine animals.”
Essay on the theory of the earth (1827 edition)
“Why has not anyone seen that fossils alone gave birth to a theory about the formation of the earth, that without them, no one would have ever dreamed that there were successive epochs in the formation of the globe.”
as quoted from Discourse on the Revolutionary Upheavals on the Surface of the Earth.
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsGeorges Cuvier
Born: August 23, 1769
Died: May 13, 1832 (aged 62)
Bio: Georges Chrétien Léopold Dagobert Cuvier or Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric Cuvier , known as Georges Cuvier, was a French naturalist and zoologist. Cuvier was a major figure in natural sciences research in the early 19th century, and was instrumental in establishing the fields of comparative anatomy and paleontology through his work in comparing living animals with fossils.