Buffon, Georges Louis


1707–1788Frenchnatural philosopher most famous for his work Histoire Naturelle, in which he proposes a sequential history of the origin of the Earth and animals.

Keywords: natural history; geology; biogeography

Further Reading

Buffon GL (1770–1793) Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux. 9 vols. Paris: Du l'imprimerie Royale.

Buffon GL (1785–1791) Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière. 54 vols. Deux Ponts: Sanson.

Lyon J and Sloan P (1981) From Natural History to the History of Nature: Readings from Buffon and his Critics. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press.

Roger J (1997) Buffon: A Life in Natural History, Bonnefoi SL (trans.), Williams LB (ed.). Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

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Browne, Janet(May 2001) Buffon, Georges Louis. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1038/npg.els.0002378]