Conception and continuations of the d’Orbigny’s Paléontologie française

Jean-Claude FISCHER

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 1 (7) - Pages 599-613

Published on 31 December 2002

The whole formed by his Paléontologie française, his Prodrome, and his Cours élémentaire, which are closely linked, constitutes one of the major parts of Alcide d’Orbigny’s scientific production, in which he exposed his concept of Palaeontology as a science closely related with Zoology and as an indispensable tool for Stratigraphy. The result was a remarkable impulsion for palaeontological and stratigraphical research, which from that time developed on new scientific foundations. Two annexes complete this communication, the first concerning the ‘Comité de la Paléontologie française ’ (1860–1893), the second specifying the publication dates of four volumes of the Paléontologie française.


d’Orbigny, Paléontologie française , Zoology, Stratigraphy

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