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- Cuvier. Elegy of Lamarck. "Thus, while Lavoisier was creating in his laboratory a new chemistry, founded on a beautiful and methodical series of experiments, M. de Lamarck, without attempting experiment, and destitute of the means of doing so, imagined that he had discovered another, which he did not hesitate to set in opposition to the former, although nearly the whole of Europe had received it with the warmest approbation."
- Cuvier, and Pierre A. Latreille. Le Règne Animal Distribué d'après son Organisation, pour Servir de Base à l'Histoire Naturelle des Animaux et d'Introduction à l'Anatomie Comparée. Tome I. L'Introduction, Les Mammifères et Les Oiseaux. Paris, 1817.
- Cuvier.[ http://www.victorianweb.org/science/science_texts/cuvier/cuvier-f.htm Discours sur les révolutions de la surface du globe, et sur les changemens qu'elles ont produits dans le règne animal] 3rd French edn 1825. "Why has not anyone seen that fossils alone gave birth to a theory about the formation of the earth, that without them, no one would have ever dreamed that there were successive epochs in the formation of the globe."
- Cuvier. Discourse on the revolutionary upheavals on the surface of the lobe and on the changes which they have produced in the animal kingdom. 1825. "Someone will say to me, Why would the present races not be modifications of these ancient ones which we find among the fossils, modifications produced by local circumstances and climatic changes, carried to this extreme difference by the long succession of years? This objection must appear especially strong to those who believe in the indefinite possibility of changes in the structure of forms in organic bodies and who think that through habit over centuries all species could change themselves from one species into another or result from a single one of their species. However, we can reply to them following their own logic that if the species have changed by degrees, we ought to have found traces of these gradual modifications, that we ought to have discovered certain intermediate structures between the palaeotherium and today's species and that up to the present time this has not happened at all. Why have the depths of the earth not preserved monuments of such a curious genealogy, unless it is because the earlier species were as unchanging as our own, or at least because the catastrophe which destroyed them did not leave them time to develop their variations?"
- Anon. Review of Essay on the Theory of the Earth The British Review and London Critical Journal, vol. v, 1813.
- Anon. Review of Essay on the Theory of the Earth, Edinburgh Review, January 1814
- Georges Cuvier (1769-1832)