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Paleontologist Author Stephen J. Gould Dies

5/20 The noted science author died at his home this afternoon at the end of a long struggle with cancer. His writings delivered complex natural history topics to the understanding of the general public. He was a longtime professor at Harvard university and one of the paleontologists who introduced the theory of punctuated equilibrium, the concept that evolution works in brief speciation events, spaced by long periods of stasis. 

Gould also battled creationist efforts to inject pseudoscience into public schools.  He will likely be best remembered for his popular science books and other writings including his two- decade commitment to a monthly column in Natural History magazine.

 

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