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The partial skeleton shown in the logo was first named Homo diluvii testis by the Swiss doctor Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (1672-1783). He claimed it to be the remains of a sinner drowned by the Flood, and regarded it as a proof of the veracity of the Bible. Although some later scientists suggested it was a silurid fish, Georges Cuvier (1769-1832) properly described it in 1811 and identified it as a giant salamander, castigating Scheuchzer's blindness, for whom science could only serve the religious dogma.

We selected Andrias scheuchzeri for the logo for the EAVP, because it is a historical and world famous off-shoot of vertebrate palaeontology in Europe. It also stands for the fact that vertebrate palaeontology has always been and still is subject to a permanent change of social conventions and prejudice.

Stars were chosen as a symbol for Europe, six only as a reminder of the six founding countries of the European Community in 1957, which has constantly expanded since then. As a symbol for our geographical understanding of Europe, these stars, instead of forming a circle, draw an oval, extending eastward to countries which are not members of the EC.

May this logo encourage the members of the association to argue and discuss in the clear and honest way Cuvier did.

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