Georges Cuvier (1769 – 1832), born in Montbéliard, made comparative anatomy a formal science and, by applying its principles, was one of the first to propose reconstructions of extinct animals.
His native city honoured him through various events since 1832. Since 1982, it organizes every 10 years an international symposium on palaeontology and comparative anatomy. In 2022, on the occasion of the 190th anniversary of his death, the 5th International Georges Cuvier Symposium will be held under the patronage of the city of Montbéliard and its museums. Its topic will be Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy.
The aim of this meeting will be to explore, on the basis of factual examples, the various approaches which can be used to reconstruct fossils as once living organisms.The general topic of comparative anatomy and palaeontology will be illustrated by contributions highlighting new technologies, major transitions, history of science and palaeoart reconstructions.
Communications may cover all aspects of anatomy and palaeontology from the points of view of palaeobiological reconstructions (functional anatomy, biomechanics, ichnology, histology, reconstruction techniques, palaeoecology, palaeobiochemistry etc.). Contributions about history of science and palaeoart are also encouraged.