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Transcript of Georges Cuvier
What He Discovered
Cuvier studied elephant fossils found near Paris.
He realized that their bones were very different from living elephants in India and Africa.
They were even different from the fossil elephants in Siberia.
George Cuvier died on May 13, 1832 in Paris, France
The cause of his death was an epidemic of Cholera
"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."
~ George Cuvier
Father of Paleontology
Cuvier studied at the Carolinian Academy in Stuttgart, from 1784 to 1788.
He also went to a military school named Karlsschule Stuttgart
After, he became a tutor to a noble family in Normandy. (It was during this time he started becoming known as a naturalist)
He went to college at Herzogliche Karls-Universität
In 1795, he was invited to come to Paris.
He was appointed an assistant, and soon after a professor of animal anatomy, at the Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle (National Museum of Natural History).
Cuvier was a important part in the study of natural sciences.
His research from the early 19th century was needed to form the fields of comparative anatomy and paleontology.
His work included comparing living animals with fossils.
George Cuvier was born in Montbéliard (A French-speaking community in the Jura Mountains, on August 23, 1769
His full name is Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric Cuvier
His parents are Jean-Georges Cuvier and Clémentine Chatel