Leclerc, George-Louis Collection

Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon 7 September 1707-16 April 1788 was a French naturalistmathematiciancosmologist, and encyclopaédiste.

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.

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