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Georges Cuvier (1769)

Cuvier was a renowned French naturalist and zoologist considered the founder of comparative anatomy. He rejected the theory of evolution and instead embraced catastrophism, which proposes that geological changes on Earth have been caused by sudden upheaval rather than by gradual and continuing processes. He also greatly advanced the science of paleontology by reconstructing the soft parts of fossils deduced from their skeletal remains. What extinct flying reptile did Cuvier identify and name? More...
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"At the time Cuvier presented his 1796 paper on living and fossil elephants, it was still widely believed that no species of animal had ever become extinct."

This is the first time I've heard this! Cuvier presented this paper, yet he didn't believe in evolution - extraordinary!
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He identified and named the pterodactyl (its description published in 1809; the name derives from the Greek words pteron (πτερόν, meaning 'wing') and daktylos (δάκτυλος, meaning 'finger') and refers to the way in which the wing is supported by one large finger).
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Scientists then still rejected evolution.
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A very respectable scientist indeed. One of the founders of my favourite discipline, palaeontology.
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Pterodactyl

The Pterodactyl is one of more popular; with appearances in blockbuster movies, children's cartoons, and science fiction books. This winged species has been studied extensively and has sparked a lot of interest, so here are some facts about the Pterodactyl Dinosaur.

When and why the term Pterodactyl, which means winged finger in Latin, became so widely used is unclear, but it may have been coined by Georges Cuvier in the 1800s. However, now that paleontologists are discovering the different genera of the animal, the moniker Pterodactyl has became a very broad term that paleontologists often shy away from. Rather, the correct term is "Pterosaurs," a winged dinosaur with about a dozen known species. However, the fact remains that "Pterodactyl"is the more readily used word among non-paleontologists.

http://history.answers.com/dinosaurs/facts-about-the-pterodactyl-dinosaur
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Thus it cannot be denied that the masses which today form our highest mountains were originally in a liquid state; for a long time they were covered by waters which did not sustain any life.

Georges Cuvier

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I don't know what to believe.
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