George Gaylord Simpson Facts

George Gaylord Simpson Facts
George Gaylord Simpson (June 16, 1902 - October 6, 1984) was an American paleontologist. He coined the word hypodigm in 1940, and published extensively on the taxonomy of fossil and extant mammals. A hypodigm is a sample from which the characteristics of a population are to be inferred.
Interesting George Gaylord Simpson Facts:
Simpson was born in Chicago
He received a doctorate from Yale University in 1926 and the subject of his thesis was mammals of the Mesozoic Era.
These mammals are particularly important for the study of mammalian evolution though fossil remains are not abundant.
In 1927 he secured a research position at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and during the next 15 years he published over 150 scientific papers on mammalian paleontology.
His research on the Paleocene fauna of the Fort Union Formation in Montana resulted in the discovery of 50 varieties of primitive mammals.
In the early 1930's he made three trips to Patagonia and added much new information to the history of the Neogene mammals.
After World War II he became curator in charge of Paleontology at the Museum and a Professor at Columbia University.
In 1959 he left Columbia and spent the next 10 years as a Professor of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.
In 1970 he became a professor at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
He retired from teaching in 1982 but continued to write.
He received many achievement awards during his lifetime including the Mary Clark Thompson Medal from the National Academy of Sciences in 1943, Linnean society of London's Darwin-Wallace Medal in 1958, The Darwin Medal from the Royal Society in 1962.
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. He was Curator of the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University from 1959 to 1970, and a Professor of Geosciences at the University of Arizona until his retirement in 1982.


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