|Buffon (French byfɔ̃)|
|Georges Louis Leclerc (ʒɔrʒ lwi ləklɛr), Comte de. 1707--88, French encyclopedist of natural history; principal author of Histoire naturelle (36 vols., 1749--89), containing the Époques de la nature (1777), which foreshadowed later theories of evolution|
|Buffon (b-fôɴ') Pronunciation Key
French naturalist who spent his life compiling the Histoire naturelle, in which he attempted to discuss all of the facts about the natural world known at that time. It eventually reached 44 volumes and laid the foundation for later studies in biology, zoology, and anatomy.