Cuvier, Georges Léopold Chrétien Frédéric Dagobert (1769–1832)

Georges Cuvier

Georges Cuvier was a French comparative anatomist and a founder of paleontology. By applying his theory of the "correlation of parts" he was able to reconstruct the forms of many fossil creatures, explaining their development and subsequent extinction according to the now-discredited doctrine of catastrophism. A tireless laborer in the service of French Protestant education, Cuvier was perhaps the most renowned and respected French scientist in the early 19th century.