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Year Written

c. 350 BCE




Nature, Philosophy, Science

At a Glance

Aristotle spent several years studying the physiology, characteristics, and mating habitats of approximately 500 species of animals. Generation of Animals was written around 350 BCE and presents Aristotle's findings about the causes of life. The biological methods and research utilized in Aristotle's comprehensive studies of animals earned him the title of "Father of Zoology." Although his theories were discounted for over 2000 years, the advent of the microscope and other modern scientific achievements have since validated many of the observations and hypotheses presented in Generation of Animals.

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Generation of Animals was written in approximately 350 BCE and explores the causes of life. Aristotle detailed the characteristics of hundreds of life forms in previous works, but in Generation of Animals he attempts to explain why those attributes exist.


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