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[kyoo-vee-ey, koov-yey; French ky-vyey] /ˈkyu viˌeɪ, kuvˈyeɪ; French küˈvyeɪ/
Georges Léopold Chrétien Frédéric Dagobert
[zhawrzh ley-aw-pawld krey-tyan frey-dey-reek da-gaw-ber] /ʒɔrʒ leɪ ɔˈpɔld kreɪˈtyɛ̃ freɪ deɪˈrik da gɔˈbɛr/ (Show IPA),
Baron, 1769–1832, French naturalist: pioneer in the fields of paleontology and comparative anatomy. Unabridged
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  • The great Cuvier was a singularly accurate, careful, and industrious observer.

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  • With all the learning of a Buffon and a Cuvier, he was simple and unaffected as a child.

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  • Cuvier thought in terms of organs, not in terms of "materials of organisation."

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  • The problem as Geoffroy and Cuvier understood it was not an evolutionary one.

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  • We place in a parallel column the classification of Cuvier in 1798.

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  • Adopting his idea, Cuvier referred the seals to an order of carnivora.

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  • Possibly an inexperienced youth may be awe-struck by the quotation from Cuvier.

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  • This tuft of tawny hair, too, is identical in character with that of the beast of Cuvier.

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/ˈkjuːvɪeɪ; French kyvje/
Georges (Jean-Leopold-Nicolas-Frédéric) (ʒɔrʒ), Baron. 1769–1832, French zoologist and statesman; founder of the sciences of comparative anatomy and palaeontology
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Cuvier in Science
French anatomist who is considered the founder of comparative anatomy. He originated a system of zoological classification that grouped animals according to the structures of their skeletons and organs. Cuvier extended his system to fossils; his reconstructions of the way extinct animals looked, based on their skeletal remains, greatly advanced the science of paleontology.
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