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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Lazzaro Spallanzani and fossils: from a naturalist's travel observations to the teaching of natural history
Author: Prestes, MEB
Faria, FFDA
Abstract: This article analyzes opinions expressed by Italian naturalist Lazzaro Spallanzani on the origin and constitution of fossils on three of his travels, which punctuated three courses in mineralogy he gave in the natural history discipline at the University of Pavia. These trips to Portovenere, the island of Cerigo and the Two Sicilies enabled him to address important topics, such as the discovery of fossilized shells inside volcanic rocks, the discovery of human fossils, and the existence of fossils of species that had 'been lost', incorporating knowledge being developed at the time that drew on mineral chemistry. His concern with fossils is demonstrative of how Spallanzani, in true eighteenth century fashion, integrated studies from the three kingdoms of nature.
Subject: history of paleontology
human fossil
Lazzaro Spallanzani (1729-1799).
Country: Brasil
Editor: Fundaco Oswaldo Cruz
Rights: aberto
Date Issue: 2011
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