Marilyn Gaull
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From a few bones he found in a suburb of Paris, George Cuvier (1769–1832) constructed a population of flying dragons, gigantic reptiles, sloths, and predatory beasts that he claimed had been destroyed in a series of catastrophes or revolutions in prehistory, a temporal concept more original than what he discovered. However speculative, Cuvier’s vision of a ruined and resurrected natural world and his theory of extinction, crossed religious, linguistic, class, and geographic barriers, appealing t...
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