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Rare Paleontology Book: Cuvier, Georges, Baron; Recherches sur les Ossemens Fossiles, (Researches on Fossil Bones ).

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Rare Paleontology Book: Cuvier, Georges, Baron; Recherches sur les Ossemens Fossiles, (Researches on Fossil Bones ).

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Cuvier, Geroges; Recherches sur les ossemens fossiles, où l'on rétablit les caractères de plusieurs animaux dont les révolutions du globe ont détruit les espèces, Nouvelle Edition. Paris, G. Dufour & E. d 'Ocagne, 1821-1824 Large quarto, five volumes in seven. Volume 1, pp. half title, title, dedication, CLXIV, 340, 35 plates. Volume 2-1, pp. half title, title, 232, 43 plates. Volume 2-2, pp. half title, title,  IV, errata, 230 numbered 229-648, folded hand-colored geological map of Paris Basin, single page colored map, folded profiles of Paris Basin, 15 plates. Volume 3, pp. half title, title, 412,  80 plates with 30 being folded. Volume 4, pp. half title, title,  514,  40 plates. Volume 5-1, pp. half title, title,  405,  27 plates with 18 being folded. Volume 5-2, half title, title, 547, 33 plates with 18 being folded. A total of 276 plates and maps in the set.

The set is in a full calf with the original gilt ruled boards and re-cased with later calf spines with gilt titles and marbled end sheets. The bindings are tight with the bindings having been re-enforced with cloth when the set was re-cased. This has led to a beautifully preserved but usable set. The original boards are rubbed with corners bumped. The text and plates have light foxing but overall is very clean. In very good condition.

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A French paleontologist, zoologist and comparative anatomist; Cuvier (1769-1832) is noted for his pioneering studies in paleontology.
This is the second and much expanded and revised edition, of Cuvier's Recherches sur les Ossements Fossils which was first published in 1812. The work is considered the cornerstone of the study of vertebrate paleontology thus earning it a place in Horbiltt as one of the 100 most important works in science.
With this work, Cuvier created the science of vertebrate paleontology in the modern sense and at the same time he reformed the system of zoological classification by introducing fossil animals into it. His concept of geological revolutions, which he believed to be a regular and natural part of earth's history, was used to explain the mass extinction of species from previous epochs.

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