The Roots of Evolutionary Thought in Argentina

in From Man to Ape

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226596167
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226596181 | DOI:
The Roots of Evolutionary Thought in Argentina

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This chapter examines the origins of evolutionary thought in Argentina. It suggests that Georges Cuvier's work on the giant ground sloth Megatherium in 1789 helped put Pampas on the scientific map and promoted the interest in the natural riches of South America, particularly in areas endowed with paleontological resources. This chapter describes the place of Argentina in the scientific exchanges of the 1820s through 1840s, the works of naturalist Francisco Muñiz and the avid discussion on Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by the 1870s.

Keywords: evolutionary thought; Argentina; Megatherium; Georges Cuvier; Pampas; South America; paleontological resources; scientific exchanges; Francisco Muñiz; Charles Darwin

Chapter.  14102 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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