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Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon held the position of intendant (director) at the Jardin du Roi, now called the Jardin des Plantes. Georges-Louis Leclerc is not that well known anymore. But in the 18th century, he was thé scientist. His works influenced the next two generations of naturalists, including Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and Georges Cuvier. Buffon published thirty-six quarto volumes of his Histoire Naturelle during his lifetime; with additional volumes based on his notes and further research being published in the two decades following his death. It has been said that “Truly, Buffon was the father of all thought in natural history in the second half of the 18th century”.
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The Jardin des Plantes is the main botanical garden in France. The garden was originally planted by Guy de La Brosse, Louis XIII’‘s physician, in 1626 as a medicinal herb garden. It was originally known as the Jardin du Roi. In 1640 it opened to the public.
The Jardin des Plantes maintains a botanical school, which trains botanists, constructs demonstration gardens, and exchanges seeds to maintain biotic diversity.
A large Art Deco wintergarden, and Mexican and Australian hothouses display regional plants, not native to France.
In the Jardin des Plantes, you find the statue of Jean-Baptiste de Lamarck. The inscription reads: “Fondateur de la doctrine de l’‘évolution” (“Founder of the doctrine of evolution”).
The ideas of Lamarck on evolution were similar to the ideas of the grandfather of Charles Darwin, Erasmus Darwin. Charles came up with an alternative, and scientifically accepted evolution theory.
“Le Jardin des Plantes” est situé à Paris.