Elisabeth Vrba

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Elisabeth Vrba
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Vrba in 2009
Born (1942-05-17)May 17, 1942
Hamburg, Germany
Nationality American
Fields Paleontology
Institutions Yale University
Alma mater University of Cape Town

Elisabeth S. Vrba (born 17 May 1942) is a paleontologist at Yale University. Vrba earned her Ph.D. in Zoology and Palaeontology at the University of Cape Town, in 1974. She is well known for developing the Turnover Pulse Hypothesis, as well as coining the word exaptation with colleague Stephen Jay Gould. She has been a faculty member at the Department of Geology & Geophysics, Yale University, since the early 1980s. She is married and has a daughter.[1]



  1. ^ Yount, Lisa (2007). A to Z of Women in Science and Math Revised Edition. (Rev. ed.). New York: Infobase Pub. pp. 305–306. ISBN 1438107951.