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The George Gaylord Simpson Prize at the Yale Peabody Museum

An Annual Award for a Paper on Evolution and the Fossil Record


2019 Winners: Jasmina Wiemann, Christopher Whalen and Daniel Smith-Paredes


Past Recipients


Yale University graduate students and recent doctoral candidates are invited to submit one first-authored paper concerning evolution and the fossil record for consideration by the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History for the George Gaylord Simpson Prize.

The prize is named for George Gaylord Simpson (1902–1984; Yale Ph.D. ’26), the most influential paleontologist of the 20th century and a major proponent of the modern evolutionary synthesis.

Submissions must be either published or in press in a refereed journal. Graduate students in residence in a department at Yale, or past graduates no more than 5 years after receiving the doctorate, are eligible. Former winners are not eligible, but papers can be submitted more than once. So long as the paper explicitly addresses the fossil record, the range of questions addressed is open and could include contributions to the philosophy and history of science, theory and methods of phylogenetic inference, biogeography, paleontology, divergence time estimation, biodiversity studies, development biology, functional morphology or conservation biology.

A completed submission form must be included with every submitted paper. 


Submissions for 2020 open in January 2020 and are accepted through March 6, 2020.


2020 Submission Form


The Director of the Yale Peabody Museum will present the winner with a monetary prize at an awards luncheon held on May 13, 2020, in the Yale Department of Geology & Geophysics.

For information contact:

Bonnie Mahmood

Senior Administrative Assistant
Peabody Museum of Natural History
Yale University
P.O. Box 208118
New Haven, CT 06520-8118 USA


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