These are genuine antique prints by Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-1788) who was a French naturalist, mathematician, biologist, cosmologist and author. Buffon's views influenced the next two generations of naturalists, including Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and Charles Darwin. Buffon is best remembered for his great work Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière. It included everything known about the natural world up until that date. In it Buffon considered the similarities between humans and apes, and the possibility of a common ancestry. Buffon's work is considered to have greatly influenced modern ecology. Buffon published thirty-six quarto volumes of his Histoire Naturelle during his lifetime; with additional volumes published in the decades following his death. It has been said that "Truly, Buffon was the father of all thought in natural history in the second half of the 18th century". Buffon held the position of intendant (director) at the Jardin du Roi, now called the Jardin des Plantes, the French equivalent of Kew Gardens.