|Copper engraving with hand colouring
|Image 123 x 79 mm, Sheet 204 x 127 mm
A finely coloured plate from Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon's major work, Histoire Naturelle Generale et Particuliere Avec la Description du Cabinet du Roi.
Histoire Naturelle was published in 36 volumes between 1749 and 1789 with further volumes issued after the death of the author. One of the most widely read authors of his time Buffon is credited with being the first to discuss many evolutionary problems. Despite this he was not himself an evolutionist, considering and subsequently rejecting the possibility of humans and apes having a common ancestor.