Friday, February 04, 2005

And the wrath of God thunders down upon the unbelievers

Ernst Mayr, "leading evolutionary biologist of the 20th century", died today. From the NYT obit:

He was known as an architect of the evolutionary or modern synthesis, an intellectual watershed when modern evolutionary biology was born. The synthesis, which has been described by Dr. Stephen Jay Gould of Harvard as "one of the half-dozen major scientific achievements in our century," revived Darwin's theories of evolution and reconciled them with new findings in laboratory genetics and in field work on animal populations and diversity.

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