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 (kyo͞o′vē-ā′, ko͞ov-yā′, kü-vyā′), Baron Georges Léopold 1769-1832.
French zoologist who developed influential methods of comparative anatomy and applied them to both fossil and living animals.
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(ˈkjuːvɪeɪ; French kyvje)
(Biography) Georges (Jean-Leopold-Nicolas-Frédéric) (ʒɔrʒ), Baron. 1769–1832, French zoologist and statesman; founder of the sciences of comparative anatomy and palaeontology
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(ˈkyu viˌeɪ, kuvˈyeɪ)

Georges Léopold Chrétien Frédéric Dagobert, Baron, 1769–1832, French naturalist.
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Cuvier pronounced these fragments to have belonged to some utterly unknown Leviathanic species.
It was now their turn to impose some limit on that selenographic science, which had reconstructed the lunar world as Cuvier did the skeleton of a fossil, and say, "The moon was this, a habitable world, inhabited before the earth.
I saw their spiral-shaped and fluted shells, which Cuvier justly compares to an elegant skiff.
Thus speak of the whale, the great Cuvier, and John Hunter, and Lesson, those lights of zoology and anatomy.
Whence, in the name of Count Buffon and Baron Cuvier, came those dogs that I saw in Typee?
The expression of conditions of existence, so often insisted on by the illustrious Cuvier, is fully embraced by the principle of natural selection.
"Read now," replied Dupin, "this passage from Cuvier."
This tuft of tawny hair, too, is identical in character with that of the beast of Cuvier. But I cannot possibly comprehend the particulars of this frightful mystery.
As Cuvier could correctly describe a whole animal by the contemplation of a single bone, so the observer who has thoroughly understood one link in a series of incidents should be able to accurately state all the other ones, both before and after.
Cuvier doubts whether the Diodon in this position is able to swim; but not only can it thus move forward in a straight line, but it can turn round to either side.
Si Cuvier etait alors au sommet de la gloire, c'est que ses theories d'abord offraient beaucoup plus de satisfactions qu'on ne l'adit aux aspirations unitaires, comme en tomoignent les methodes et les fins de Ia science qu'il a inventee.
By the early 19th century, the French naturalist Georges Cuvier would attempt to resolve some paradoxes of species discoveries by proposing a theory of multiple creations--God made life not once but several times, choosing different creatures in response to environmental change.