Principle that the species of insects are as

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  principle   that   the   species   of   insects   are   as   invariable   in   their   forms   as   are   those   of   the   large   animals.  
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Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon B u f f o n , 1 7 0 8 - 1 7 8 8
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Buffon’s   definition   of   species: “… neither   the   number   nor   the   collection   of   similar   individuals   which   forms   the   species;   it   is   the   constant   succession   and   uninterrupted   renewal   of   these   individuals   which   constitutes   it” (species   defined   by   succession   of   ancestor   and   descendant,   linked   by   material   connection   – generation   through   organic   molecules   and   internal   molds)
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Two   (competing)   kinds   of   natural   history,   France,   c.   1750 Reaumur:   Observational observation,   experiment,   collection   of   details   re:   mechanisms,   behavior,   “instinct) Buffon:   Philosophical   Ordering   all   of   nature   (not   just   insects   or   birds)   according   to   relations  
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