cuvier, georges leopold chretien frederic dagobert

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Cuvier   (ky'vē-ā')  Pronunciation Key 
French anatomist who is considered the founder of comparative anatomy. He originated a system of zoological classification that grouped animals according to the structures of their skeletons and organs. Cuvier extended his system to fossils; his reconstructions of the way extinct animals looked, based on their skeletal remains, greatly advanced the science of paleontology.
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