James W. Valentine

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James W. Valentine
James W Valentine 1991.jpg
James Valentine in 1991.
Born(1926-11-10)November 10, 1926
DiedApril 7, 2023(2023-04-07) (aged 96)
EducationPhillips University, University of California, Los Angeles (Ph.D., 1958)
Known forEvolution (1977), with Theodosius Dobzhansky, G. Ledyard Stebbins and Francisco J. Ayala
SpouseDiane Mondragon
AwardsFulbright scholar, Australia, Guggenheim fellow, National Academy of Sciences
Scientific career
FieldsEvolutionary biology
InstitutionsUniversity of Missouri, University of California, Davis, University of California, Santa Barbara, University of California, Berkeley

James William Valentine (November 10, 1926 – April 7, 2023) was an American evolutionary biologist, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and curator at the University of California Museum of Paleontology.[1][2]

Valentine was born in Los Angeles, California on November 10, 1926. He was educated at Phillips University, (B.A., 1951) and the University of California, Los Angeles (M.A., 1954, Ph.D., 1958). Valentine married Diane Mondragon in 1987 and had 3 children.[3] He died in Walnut Creek, California, on April 7, 2023, at the age of 96.[4]


Valentine published widely, and in addition to peer-reviewed publications wrote several books:

  • Evolutionary Paleoecology of the Marine Biosphere 1973 ISBN 0-13-293720-4
  • Evolution 1977 with Theodosius Dobzhansky, G. Ledyard Stebbins and Ayala
  • Evolving : The Theory And Processes Of Organic Evolution 1979 ISBN 0-8053-0310-3, with Francisco J. Ayala
  • Phanerozoic Diversity Patterns : Profiles In Macroevolution 1985 ISBN 0-691-08374-6, editor
  • On the Origin of Phyla 2004 ISBN 0-226-84548-6
  • The Cambrian Explosion: The Construction of Animal Biodiversity, 2013 ISBN 978-1-936221-03-5, with Douglas Erwin


  1. ^ "UCMP People: James Valentine". April 19, 2022. Retrieved April 19, 2022.
  2. ^ "James Valentine, paleontologist who grappled with the origin of animal diversity, has died at 96". Berkeley News. Retrieved 19 May 2023.
  3. ^ "Valentine, James W 1926-". Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  4. ^ "James William Valentine". The Neptune Society of Northern California. Retrieved 28 April 2023.

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