Florentino Ameghino was an Argentinian naturalist, paleontologist, anthropologist and zoologist.
Born in Lujan of Italian immigrants (some sources state he himself was born in Italy), Ameghino was a self-taught naturalist, and focused his study on the lands of the southern Pampas. He formed one of the largest collections of fossils of the world at the time, which served him as base for numerous geological and paleontological studies. He also investigated the possible presence of prehistoric man in the Pampas and made several controversial claims about human origins in South America.
Ameghino was appointed professor of zoology at the University of Cordoba, subdirector of the La Plata Museum, and director of the National Museum of Buenos Aires.
Florentino Ameghino biography
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