Jean Albert Gaudry

Jean Albert Gaudry ( born September 16, 1827 in Saint- Germain -en- Laye, † November 27, 1908 ) was a French geologist and paleontologist who made ​​his research in the field of fossil mammals contribute to the theory of evolution.

Gaudry attended the Collège Stanislas de Paris. At the age of 24, he undertook expeditions to Cyprus and Greece, where he lived 1855-1860. He examined the rich reference of fossil Vertebrata of Pikermi and brought a remarkable mammalian fauna to light. She was of Miocene age and mediated with their forms between the groups of European, Asian and African mammalian faunas. He also published a geological description of the island of Cyprus ( Mem Soc. Géol. De France, 1862).

In Cyprus reached him in 1853 the offer of a post as assistant under A. d' Orbigny, the first holder of the Chair of Paleontology at the Muséum national d' histoire naturelle in Paris. In 1872, he followed d' Orbigny on this influential posts. In 1882 he was elected a member of the Academie des Sciences; and received in 1884 the Wollaston Medal of the Geological Society of London. In 1900 he was chairman of the Eighth International Geological Congress, which was held in Paris. In the same year he was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.


  • Fossil Animaux et de l' Attique géologie ( 2 volumes, 1862-1867 )
  • Cours de paléontologie (1873 )
  • Fossil Animaux de Mont Leboron (1873 )
  • Les Enchainements du monde animal dans les termes Geologiques ( Mammifères Tertiaires, 1878; Fossil primaires, 1883; Fossil secondaires, 1890)
  • Essai de paléontologie Philosophique (1896 )