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Ernst Mayr is dead

From the BBC:

Ernst Mayr, the evolutionary biologist who has been called “the Darwin of the 20th Century” has died aged 100.

Mayr was incredibly influential in evolutionary theory, and his definition of “species” is still the most prominent definition in use today for the concept. I read his work extensively while I was doing philosophy of science, and he was truly one of the great scientists of the 20th century. While he can no longer defend his positions, there are generations of scholars that will do his work for him. I can only hope to count myself in that group.

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