Ten fun facts about George Gaylord Simpson


Fact 1
Simpson was perhaps the most influential paleontologist of the twentieth century.

Fact 2
He was a major participant in the modern evolutionary synthesis.

Fact 3
Simpson was influentially, and incorrectly, opposed to Alfred Wegener's theory of continental drift.


Fact 4
He was an expert on extinct mammals and their intercontinental migrations.

Fact 5
He anticipated such concepts as punctuated equilibrium and dispelled the myth that the evolution of the horse was a linear process culminating in the modern Equus caballus.

Fact 6
He made crucial contributions to evolutionary theory and played a vital role in developing the understanding of intercontinental migrations of extinct mammals

Fact 7
Simpson coined the word hypodigm in 1940, and published extensively on the taxonomy of fossil and extant mammals.

Fact 8
He was Professor of Zoology at Columbia University, and Curator of the Department of Geology and Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History from 1945 to 1959.

Fact 9
He was Curator of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University from 1959 to 1970.

Fact 10
He was a Professor of Geosciences at the University of Arizona until his retirement in 1982.


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