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Outlines of life's history (1818–27)

in Worlds Before Adam

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780226731285
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226731308 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226731308.003.0005
Outlines of life's history (1818–27)

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This chapter begins with a brief history of the emergence of the term “paleontology,” and then discusses research on the history of life, life of ancient seas, and ancient plant life. Henri Marie Ducrotay de Blainville (1777–1850), a comparative anatomist and one of Cuvier's former students, coined the term “paléontology” in 1822, the science of ancient “beings,” the organisms themselves; and this was the neologism that was soon adopted by naturalists everywhere.

Keywords: paleontology; sea life; plant life; Ducrotay de Blainville

Chapter.  5765 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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