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George Gaylord Simpson (1902-1984) dominated American paleontology for some five decades spanning the middle of the twentieth century. This dominance was both quantitative and qualitative, for Simpson not only published hundreds of articles, monographs, and books (his bibliography includes more than 750 entries), but his work had major impact on contemporary views of the origin, classification, and evolution of mammals; historical biogeography; principles of taxonomy and systematics; biostatistical methods; and most significantly, the formulation of the modern evolutionary synthesis. The Capitol Heights neighborhood of Denver where Simpson spent his youth includes two of the houses where he lived; the...

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