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Jean-Leopold-Nicolas-Frederic Cuvier “Georges” Cuvier
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Brief Bio Born: August 23, 1769 in Montbeliard, France. Attended Carolinian Academy of Stuttgart from 1784-88 - Studied Dissection - Studied Comparative Anatomy
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Bio (Cont.) After graduation, Cuvier served as a tutor for a Noble family in Normandy from 1788-95. While working as a tutor, he Composed 2 works on marine invertebrates.
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Beginning of a Career Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire- professor of zoology at the Museum of Natural History in Paris - Read some of Cuvier’s Studies - Invited Cuvier to join the museum staff - Cuvier accepted the offer and eventually became a professor of animal anatomy at the museum
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Work At The Museum Cuvier collaborated with Hilaire for a short time until it became clear that they held opposing views concerning origin of and relationships between species. Cuvier devoted most of his time at the museum to the continued study of comparative anatomy.
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Comparative Anatomy Cuvier’s work with comparative anatomy led him to reject the organic evolution theories of his time. Cuvier had a theory called “Correlation of parts” Each body structure is functionally related to and dependent on all other body structures(every part of an organism resembles signs of the whole); Therefore, any major change in the anatomy of an organism would render it unable to survive; ** This thinking totally went against the evolutionary ideas of Lamarck and Saint-Hilaire**
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