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ToSeek
2005-Feb-04, 07:13 PM
Acclaimed Evolutionary Biologist Ernst Mayr Dies (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=585&e=1&u=/nm/20050204/sc_nm/people_mayr_dc)


Ernst Mayr, a Harvard University evolutionary biologist called "the Darwin of the 20th century," has died, the school said Friday. He was 100.

A member of the Harvard faculty for more than half a century, Mayr was considered the world's most eminent evolutionary biologist. He almost single-handedly made the origin of species diversity the central question of evolutionary biology that it is today, Harvard said.

Torsten
2005-Feb-04, 11:41 PM
He was the last survivor of the golden age of the Evolutionary Synthesis.

Read an essay he wrote at the time of his hundredth birthday at Science Magazine (http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/305/5680/46).

dgruss23
2005-Feb-06, 12:52 AM
With the passing of Gould and now Mayr, who would be the leaders of current thought on evolutionary theory?

Gullible Jones
2005-Feb-06, 01:16 AM
Dawkins? He's got some pretty far-fetched ideas though, and he's got to be more than 60 now...

dgruss23
2005-Feb-06, 01:33 AM
Dawkins? He's got some pretty far-fetched ideas though, and he's got to be more than 60 now...

I've never been a real Dawkins fan. I didn't much care for "The Selfish Gene". But I suppose he'd be one of the most well known names of evolutionary theorists alive today.

Gullible Jones
2005-Feb-06, 02:35 AM
Yes, the "selfish gene" hypothesis is far-fetched and pretty much without evidence. I've never been a fan of Dawkins either... But then, you've got to admire the way the guy deals with YECs. :lol:

dgruss23
2005-Feb-11, 07:42 PM
Yes, the "selfish gene" hypothesis is far-fetched and pretty much without evidence. I've never been a fan of Dawkins either... But then, you've got to admire the way the guy deals with YECs. :lol:

Yes - he's good at that!