Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire biography

Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire

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1772 – 1844

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Who was Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire?

Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire was a French naturalist who established the principle of "unity of composition". He was a colleague of Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and expanded and defended Lamarck's evolutionary theories. Geoffroy's scientific views had a transcendental flavor and were similar to those of German morphologists like Lorenz Oken. He believed in the underlying unity of organismal design, and the possibility of the transmutation of species in time, amassing evidence for his claims through research in comparative anatomy, paleontology, and embryology.

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Born
Apr 15, 1772
Étampes
Also known as
  • Etienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire
Nationality
  • France
Died
Jun 19, 1844
Paris

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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