Pierre Belon, a French naturalist, born at Soulletiere, in the province of Maine, about 1517, assassinated in Paris in April, 1504. His early studies in natural history were facilitated by the bishop of Mans, and he graduated as doctor of medicine in Paris, where he became acquainted with Ronsard and other learned men. On his return from Germany, where he had travelled with the botanist Cordus, he was arrested for alleged conversion to the doctrines of Luther. He made three journeys to the East and other countries (1546-'9), and a pension was conferred on him by Henry II., and a residence in the chateau de Madrid, in the Bois do Boulogne, by Charles IX. Late one evening he was found dead in the wood, having probably been killed by robbers. He is considered as the founder of the science of comparative anatomy. His principal work, Observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorables, trouvees en Grece, Asie, Judee, Egypte, Arable et autres pays estranges (in 3 parts, Paris, 1553), passed through several editions, and was translated into Latin and German. Among his other writings are: Histoire naturelle des estranges poissons marins (1551), Histoire de la nature des oyseaux (1553), and Les remonstrances sur le default du labour et culture des plantes, etc. (1558).