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Daemon
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George Gaylord Simpson (1902)

Simpson, an American paleontologist, helped develop the modern biological theory of evolution, drawing on paleontology, genetics, ecology, and natural selection. His contributions to evolutionary theory include a detailed classification of mammals, which is still the standard, and the discovery of the migratory and evolutionary patterns of the prehistoric fauna of the Americas, from which he deduced that species reached adaptive peaks and suffered accidental dispersal. What word did he coin? More...
jcbarros
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In which stage of evolution is his relative Homer?
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I cannot find the definition of the word Hypodigm as used in the George Gaylord Simpson article.
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diannan1 wrote:
I cannot find the definition of the word Hypodigm as used in the George Gaylord Simpson article.


it is a word he coined, a variation on paradigm.

paradigm is the pattern or example
the para bit means beside (eg parallel)

if you replace that with hypo - underneath

you get the example from beneath - ie it infers the characteristics of a population from all the samples you have got

-not a commonly used word!
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What kind of freaks name their kid Gaylord. Seriously ! I'm pretty sure that's why Gaylord Perry developed his fastball - self-defence.

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Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 9:32:59 PM
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His provocative quotation with which I agree:

"Man is the result of a purposeless and natural process that did not have him in mind.[3]"

Not bad, however, for a purposeless process!
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