Charles Emerson Beecher (1856-1904)

" living type of crustacean more nearly conforms to the theoretical archetype of the class than do the trilobites." (1896)

Invertebrate paleontologist, worked on molluscs, brachiopods, and trilobites. Supporter of A. Hyatt's neo-Lamarckian theories, arguing also for orthogenesis and racial senescence; he tried to ground this argument in a physiological mechanism by relating it to the overproduction of shell material. Succeeded C. Marsh as professor of paleontology; succeded in turn by C. Schuchert.


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