FOSSIL DEER AND CATTLE
Meanwhile Cuvier's papers on specific fossils continued to appear in every volume of the Annales du Muséum. The series on the palaeotherium and anoplotherium tailed off without the conclusions and reconstructions that he had drafted (text 7); but he added to the Parisian fauna with descriptions of the bones of birds, turtles, and a fox-sized carnivore.
Cuvier also began to publish studies of fossils that now--thanks to his recent survey of the geological literature (text 14)--he knew were distinctly older even than the Parisian ones. For example, studies of the osteology of living crocodiles gave him an authoritative basis on which to claim that certain fossils from Normandy and Thuringia were crocodiles and monitors, though of course distinct from the modern forms. These reptiles, he emphasized, came from "very ancient Secondary beds," far older than the Parisian formations.1 Another paper dealt with a unique specimen that Scheuchzer, almost a century earlier, had famously claimed to be the skeleton of "a man who was a witness of the Deluge" ( Homo diluvii testis, 1726). Cuvier, in a debunking gesture worthy of his Enlightenment forebears, demonstrated that it had been a giant amphibian____________________