In 1796, a French naturalist, Georges Cuvier, demonstrated incontrovertibly that many species of once-living plants and animals had completely disappeared from the earth. Cuvier was also the first to recognize that many of the extinct species he identified had disappeared at approximately the same time—a mass extinction. He and his successors attributed extinctions to catastrophic events, such as the biblical Flood. The catastrophists held the field of scientific opinion concerning extinction... więcej
Salem Press Encyclopedia of Science, 2021. 5p.