Ernst Mayr dies

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Subject: Ernst Mayr dies
From: "Stephen Ambrose" <>
Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2005 09:54:09 +1100
In addition to the comments by Andrew, Ernst Mayr also contributed a lot to Australian bird taxonomy in the 1930s -1950s. In fact, he contributed to our current understanding of subspeciation of most Australian passerines (e.g. see Schodde & Mason 1998). I first became familiar with his work in the early 1980s when trying to understand subspeciation in scrubwren species, the White-browed Scrubrwen in particular. Amazingly, much of Mayr's taxonomy is still valid today, irrespective of the introduction of new taxonomic techniques such as molecular studies.

Stephen Ambrose

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