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Ernst Mayr

Data de nascimento: 5. Julho 1904
Data de falecimento: 3. Fevereiro 2005


Ernst Mayr foi um biólogo de origem alemã que dedicou grande parte da sua carreira ao estudo da evolução, genética de populações e taxonomia.Descendente de diversas gerações de médicos, abriu mão da carreira e se voltou para o estudo da zoologia, concluindo um doutorado na área apenas 16 meses depois de formado. Durante a década de 1930 participou de uma expedição à Nova Guiné e às Ilhas Salomão, onde estudou a fauna autóctone, especialmente a ornitológica.

Citações Ernst Mayr

„Life is simply the reification of the process of living.“

— Ernst Mayr
Attributed to Ernst Mayr in: artin John Ingrouille, Bill Eddie (2006) Plants. p. 400


„The funny thing is if in England, you ask a man in the street who the greatest living Darwinian is, he will say Richard Dawkins. And indeed, Dawkins has done a marvelous job of popularizing Darwinism. But Dawkins' basic theory of the gene being the object of evolution is totally non-Darwinian. I would not call him the greatest Darwinian“

— Ernst Mayr
First response to the following remark by EDGE: It seems to me that Darwin is much better known in England than in the United States. Books about Darwin sell well and people debate the subjects. Here in America what passes for intellectual life doesn't necessarily include reading and having an appreciation of Darwin.

„According to the concept of transformational evolution, first clearly articulated by Lamarck, evolution consists of the gradual transformation of organisms from one condition of existence to another“

— Ernst Mayr
Ernst Mayr (1992) " Speciational Evolution or Punctuated Equilibria" in: Albert Somit and Steven Peterson (1992) The Dynamics of Evolution, p. 21-48