Birth of paleontology
It is with Jacques Boucher de Crèvecur de Perthes real prehistory would see the day. He demonstrated, in 1836, irreversibly, of flint stones cut and associated fossil animals had been shaped by men "from before the flood".
Although very convincing, his arguments were very controversial, and it will have to wait twenty years for the concept of a very old man is accepted, with the discoveries of the English Falconer near Abbeville, Prestwich and Evans at Saint-Acheul (this village will give its name to a culture, the acheulean), and the prominent French paleontologist Albert Gaudry on the same site in 1859.
It is in 1853 as the evidence and the upheaval in thoughts lead Marcel de Serres to propose the term "human paleontology".
The year 1856 is marked by two exceptional events, the discovery by Johan Karl Fuhlrott of the famous cap from human Neandertal in Germany, near Düsseldorf, and the first report of studies on the no less famous Dryopithecus Saint-Gaudens by Édouard Lartet.
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