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From Man to ApeDarwinism in Argentina, 1870-1920$
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Adriana Novoa and Alex Levine

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226596167

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226596181.001.0001

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The Roots of Evolutionary Thought in Argentina

The Roots of Evolutionary Thought in Argentina

(p.17) Chapter One The Roots of Evolutionary Thought in Argentina
From Man to Ape
University of Chicago Press

This chapter examines the origins of evolutionary thought in Argentina. It suggests that Georges Cuvier's work on the giant ground sloth Megatherium in 1789 helped put Pampas on the scientific map and promoted the interest in the natural riches of South America, particularly in areas endowed with paleontological resources. This chapter describes the place of Argentina in the scientific exchanges of the 1820s through 1840s, the works of naturalist Francisco Muñiz and the avid discussion on Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by the 1870s.

Keywords:   evolutionary thought, Argentina, Megatherium, Georges Cuvier, Pampas, South America, paleontological resources, scientific exchanges, Francisco Muñiz, Charles Darwin

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