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LE REGNE AN­I­MAL Ge­orges Cu­vier

Pub­lished 1817

JEAN Léopold Ni­co­las Frédérick Cu­vier, bet­ter known as Ge­orges Cu­vier, was a pioneer of com­par­a­tive anatomy and pa­le­on­tol­ogy in the late 18th and early 19th cen­turies. His life-long am­bi­tion was to achieve the clas­si­fi­ca­tion of all an­i­mals as ver­te­brates, mol­luscs, ar­tic­u­lata or ra­di­ata. This led to him es­tab­lish­ing ex­tinc­tion as a fact, be­liev­ing new species were cre­ated af­ter cat­a­strophic floods.

This draw­ing is a study of sev­eral long-horn bee­tles of the Coléop­tères té­tramères species, which Cu­vier drew life size.

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