Leigh Van Valen Dies

Evolutionary biologist and University of Chicago professor Leigh Van Valen, who formulated a revolutionary hypothesis — which he named after the Red Queen in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass — to explain why organisms developed two sexes, has died, reports the New York Times' Douglas Martin. He was 76. The range of Van Valen's work was often surprising to other researchers, Martin says.

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