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Georges Cuvier, Fossil Bones, and Geological Catastrophes

New Translations and Interpretations of the Primary Texts

French zoologist Georges Cuvier (1769-1832) helped form and bring credibility to geology and paleontology. Here Martin J. S. Rudwick provides the first modern translation of Cuvier’s essential writings on fossils and catastrophes and links these translated texts together with his own insightful narrative and interpretive commentary.

"Martin Rudwick has done English-speaking science a considerable service by translating and commenting on Cuvier’s work. . . . He guides us through Cuvier’s most important writings, especially those which demonstrate his new technique of comparative anatomy."—Douglas Palmer, New Scientist

318 pages | 20 halftones, 4 line drawings | 6 x 9 | © 1997

Biological Sciences: Evolutionary Biology, Natural History, Paleobiology, Geology, and Paleontology

Earth Sciences: Geology, Paleontology

History of Science

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Notes on the Texts
1: The Theory of the Earth
2: Living and Fossil Elephants
3: The Megatherium from South America
4: A Research Program on Fossil Bones
5: An Appeal for International Collaboration
6: The Animals from the Gypsum Beds around Paris
7: A Pouched Marsupial from Paris
8: Popular Lectures on Geology
9: A Review of Fossil Pachyderms
10: A Report on Andre’s Theory of the Earth
11: The Progress of Geological Science
12: The Geology of the Region around Paris
13: Fossil Deer and Cattle
14: Collected Researches on Fossil Bones
15: The Revolutions of the Globe
16: Conclusions
Further Reading
Bibliography of Cuvier’s Sources
Bibliography of Works by Historians of Science
App: French Texts of Previously Unpublished Manuscripts
Sources for Figures

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