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The Coral Thief

by Rebecca Stott

The Coral Thief
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    Sep 2009, 304 pages
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    May 2010, 320 pages

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The Jardin des Plantes and the Changing Landscapes of Botanical Gardens
The Jardin des Plantes in Paris was the epicenter of naturalist research in the early 1800s and is currently one of the world's foremost botanical gardens. Built in 1626, it was planted in 1635 as a medicinal herb garden for the King of France. It was opened to the public in 1640, greatly expanded under superintendent G.L.L Buffon, and eventually developed into a center of scientific study. Georges Cuvier, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, the Jussieu brothers, and other prominent scientists of the time were all associated with the Jardin des Plantes and conducted research there. During the early 19th century, the facility supported expeditions to different parts of the world to acquire large numbers of plants and animals that had previously been unknown to the Western world.

The Jardin des Plantes' transition from medicinal garden to botanical garden is typical of the ...

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