Georges Cuvier, Fossil Bones, and Geological Catastrophes New Translations and Interpretations of the Primary Texts
by Martin J. S. Rudwick
University of Chicago Press, 1997
Cloth: 978-0-226-73106-3 | Paper: 978-0-226-73107-0 | Electronic: 978-0-226-73108-7


French zoologist Georges Cuvier (1769-1832) helped form and bring credibility to geology and paleontology. Here Martin J. S. Rudwick provides the first modern translation of Cuvier's essential writings on fossils and catastrophes and links these translated texts together with his own insightful narrative and interpretive commentary.

"Martin Rudwick has done English-speaking science a considerable service by translating and commenting on Cuvier's work. . . . He guides us through Cuvier's most important writings, especially those which demonstrate his new technique of comparative anatomy."—Douglas Palmer, New Scientist


Preface and Acknowledgments

Notes on the Texts

1. The Theory of the Earth

2. Living and Fossil Elephants

3. The Megatherium from South America

4. A Research Program on Fossil Bones

5. An Appeal for International Collaboration

6. The Animals from the Gypsum Beds around Paris

7. A Pouched Marsupial from Paris

8. Popular Lectures on Geology

9. A Review of Fossil Pachyderms

10. A Report on André's Theory of the Earth

11. The Progress of Geological Science

12. The Geology of the Region around Paris

13. Fossil Deer and Cattle

14. Collected Researches on Fossil Bones

15. The Revolutions of the Globe

16. Conclusions

Further Reading

Bibliography of Cuvier's Sources

Bibliography of Works by Historians of Science

Appendix: French Texts of Previously Unpublished Manuscripts

Sources for Figures