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Les contributions respectives de Georges Cuvier et d'Alexandre Brongniart à l'élaboration de l'Essai sur la géographie minéralogique des environs de Paris, d'après les manuscrits retrouvés d'Alexandre Brongniart

Abstract : From 1804 to 1808, Georges Cuvier and his friend Alexandre Brongniart, worked on their common cartographic study of the formations of the Paris Basin with the aim to reconstruct the succession of faunas through time, each replaced by a revolution of the globe of the kind Cuvier had described. This involved excursions from the centre of the basin to its periphery. All the colleagues and friends of Cuvier were called upon to help. Frédéric Cuvier, Georges's brother, for example, was put in charge of the northern part of the basin. The result of the common work of Cuvier and Brongniart was the publication in 1810 of the famous Essai sur la géographie minéralogique des environs de Paris, together with a splendid hand-coloured map of the geology of the Parisian basin. The rediscovery in November 2008 of manuscripts, field notes, letters and of the private diary of Alexandre Brongniart, all documents which were supposed lost since fifty years, offer the opportunity to study the strategy used by the two friends in order to prepare the map. It also allow us to measure the respective contributions of Cuvier and of Brongniart to the elaboration of this important chapter of the Geohistory.
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Philippe Taquet. Les contributions respectives de Georges Cuvier et d'Alexandre Brongniart à l'élaboration de l'Essai sur la géographie minéralogique des environs de Paris, d'après les manuscrits retrouvés d'Alexandre Brongniart. Travaux du Comité français d'Histoire de la Géologie, Comité français d'Histoire de la Géologie, 2009, 3ème série (tome 23), pp.1-16. ⟨hal-00911668v2⟩

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