cuvier day

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What is an anoplotherium? Why, it’s number 9 in the 12 Days of Taxonomy!

The French naturalist Georges Cuvier was a father of comparative anatomy and vertebrate paleontology. He included both living and fossil species in his taxonomies of animal life and first summarized his fossil research in Recherches sur les ossements fossiles de quadrupeds (1812). Pictured here is fossil anoplotherium, an extinct mammal which lived from the Late Eocene to the earliest Oligocene. A first edition of Cuvier’s research can be found in the Museum’s Rare Book Collection, along with many classics of scientific classification.

For more, watch the second episode of Shelf Life, Turtles and Taxonomy, and check out the previous 8 Days of Taxonomy.