Introduction to Geologic Theories
I'd like you to meet an important scientist named Georges Cuvier. As a zoologist and naturalist, he helped establish our current understanding of the history of Earth. Cuvier formed the basic methods of biostratigraphy by studying sedimentary rock layers and fossil succession. He began the popular field of comparative anatomy by studying the bones of modern elephants and ancient mammoths. He named the first flying reptile, the pterodactyl, and he even has five living animals named after him.