Linnaeus and Cuvier have been my two gods, though in very different ways, but they were mere school-boys to old Aristotle.
Aristotle did make progress beyond earlier philosophers, just as Darwin advanced beyond Linnaeus and Cuvier.
Linnaeus Lin·nae·us (lĭ-nē'əs, -nā'-), Carolus. Known as “Karl Linné.”. 1707-1778.
Swedish botanist and founder of the modern binomial classification system for plants and animals.