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Why were Cuvier's ideas controversial?
He took his scientific ideas and filtered them through his concept of religion. He did not "see" evolution in the fossil record, so he argued that species were all created by God and that they never evolved. [ He took mummified animals that closely resembled modern animals and used that as an argument against evolution. The problem is that he could not explain how animals came as well as went. He argued that animals migrated from other areas, which is why they only show up in certain periods. Where they are not present in the fossil record, they simply did not live in that area. However,
since he did not think evolution was taking place, he expected dinosaurs and man to be living together, with the dinosaurs as the dominant species, not as a distant relative to modern mammals. His ideas do not explain how closely related species living in isolation end up evolving different specializations, except to say that God made it that way. If you are a creationist and are looking for a psuedo scientific alternative to Darwin, he is probably a good place to start. But his 200 year old ideas don't hold water today. ]
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