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1812 Cuvier on Scheuchzer's flood victim

1812 Cuvier on Scheuchzer's flood victim

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PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Illustration in Vol. Cuvier's "Ossamens Fossiles" 1812. In 1726 Scheuchzer illustrated Homo Diluvii testis as a fossil human victim of the flood. In 1811 Baron Cuvier, who famously said "there are no human fossils", took a look at the specimen. His work revealed more of the limbs and many obviously non-human features. He identified it correctly as a giant Salamander close to proteus. There are many accounts of this incident but few note that Cuvier cites two different specimens (here Fig 2 is Scheuchzer's, but Fig 3 is different and more complete specimen of Dr. Amman of Zurich). The current genus name Andrias was coined in 1837. Hence the current scientific name Andrias (image of man) scheuchzeri. There is a living member of the genus A. davidianus, the Japanese giant salamander. Cuvier also showed Scheuchzer's illustrated 'human vertebrae" (Fig.

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