Frédéric Cuvier

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Georges Cuvier

Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric Cuvier (23 august 1769 - 13 may 1832), known as Georges Cuvier, was a French naturalist and zoologist. Cuvier was a major figure in natural sciences research in the early 19th century and was instrumental in establishing the fields of comparative anatomy and paleontology through his work in comparing living animals with fossils.

In Conan Doyle stories

  • [SH] The Five Orange Pips (1891) : Sherlock Holmes compared his method with Cuvier's : « 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 accurately to state all the other ones, both before and after. » (285)