Aristotle did make progress beyond earlier philosophers, just as Darwin advanced beyond Linnaeus and Cuvier.
Linnaeus and Cuvier have been my two gods, though in very different ways, but they were mere school-boys to old Aristotle.
As we have already remarked, the science of palontology may be said to have been founded by Cuvier (see Introduction, p. 5).
Cuvier thought in terms of organs, not in terms of "materials of organisation."
This is hardly possible; he seldom writes, Mlle. Cuvier does his writing for him.
Adopting his idea, Cuvier referred the seals to an order of carnivora.
With Cuvier, answerable parts occurred in the zoological scale because they had to perform similar functions.
On the contrary, Cuvier never re-copied what he had once written.
Cuvier's scientific work falls into three divisions—paleontology, systematic zoology, and comparative anatomy.
Cuvier is acknowledged to be the great founder of comparative anatomy.
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.