Comparative anatomy

1796 Comparative anatomy

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Georges Cuvier, John Hunter comparative anatomy

Comparative anatomy

A genius of his time

Only bones

Cuvier escaped the guillotine, but not all the pervasive falsehoods of his time. He realized that animals had become extinct, against the popular notion that they would be found in a remote southern jungle, but could not embrace evolution, at least as explained by Lamarck (nor can we), and he was influenced by the racist attitudes and religious teachings of his time.

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