Douglas Erwin

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Douglas H. Erwin
Born U.S.
Residence United States
Nationality United States
Fields Paleontology
Paleobiology
Institutions Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Santa Fe Institute
Alma mater Colgate University
University of California, Santa Barbara
Notable awards Charles Schuchert Award (1996)

Douglas Erwin is a paleobiologist, Curator of Paleozoic Invertebrates at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and Chair of the Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute.

He has written two books: Extinction: How Life on Earth Nearly Ended 250 Million Years Ago in 2006, and The Great Paleozoic Crisis: Life and Death in the Permian in 1993. He co-wrote The Fossils of The Burgess Shale and The Cambrian Explosion. The Construction of Animal Biodiversity (2013). He is co-editor on 3 books: Deep Time: Paleobiology’s Perspective in 2000, Evolutionary Paleobiology: Essays in Honor of James W. Valentine in 1996, and New Approaches to Speciation in the Fossil Record in 1995.

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