Haldane, Mayr, and Beanbag Genetics

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Ernst Mayr and
Evolutionary Biology

Ernst Walter Mayr (1904–2005) was variously described as a zoologist, naturalist, a systematist, and an ornithologist. He was in part all these. They formed the foundation for his career in evolutionary biology. His classic text Systematics and the Origin of Species (1942) is one of the pillars of the synthetic theory of evolution. Mayr was a member of the small circle who founded the “modern synthesis,” a term invented by Julian Huxley (1942), grandson of the famous Thomas Henry Huxley, who earned the nickname “Darwin’s bulldog” for his staunch defense of Darwinism. Julian Huxley and Mayr enjoyed a lifelong friendship. Mayr was a leading founder of the Society for the Study of Evolution in the United States and was the first editor of its journal, Evolution.


Beginnings

Ernst Mayr was born on July 5, 1904, in Kempten in Bavaria. His father, Otto, was a jurist in the Bavarian courts but was keenly interested

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • 1 - What Is Beanbag Genetics? 3
  • 2 - Foundations of Population Genetics 45
  • 3 - Time Line- J.B.S. Haldane (1892–1964) 88
  • 4 - Time Line- Ernst Walter Mayr (1904–2005) 100
  • 5 - J.B.S. Haldane and Evolutionary Biology 113
  • 6 - Ernst Mayr and Evolutionary Biology 126
  • 7 - Evolution- The Modern Synthesis 145
  • 8 - Summary 171
  • References 187
  • Appendix 199
  • Index 271
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