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Unformatted text preview: Biology was a natural pursuit for Aristotle, given his family's medical background. Along with his achievements in logic, his work in biology constitutes his greatest and longest- lasting success. He identified approximately 495 different species of animals, some of which were alluded to briefly and others that were studied in considerable depth. A significant part of his achievement was simply the sheer amount of data that he collected, but he is also praised for the skill and care with which he organized the data, along with the insights he offered. For example, he recognized that the cetaceans possessed mammalian characteristics– a fact that all other writers overlooked until the sixteenth century. He showed great accuracy in his depiction of the chicken embryo. Such achievements might mean little for the lay reader, but later generations of biologists have expressed great admiration for...
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08