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The Society for the Study of Evolution is a professional organization of evolutionary biologists. It was formed in the United States in 1946 to promote evolution and the integration of various fields of science concerned with evolution and to organize the publication of a scientific journal to report on new research on evolution across a variety of fields.

The Society was established at a meeting in St. Louis on March 30, 1946. Fifty-seven scientists attended the meeting, which was chaired by Alfred E. Emerson. George Gaylord Simpson was elected as the Society's first President, with E. B. Babcock, Emerson, and J. T. Patterson as his Vice-presidents and Ernst Mayr as secretary.

Five hundred members attended the Society's first meeting annual conference in Boston which was held from December 28 to 31, 1946. The success of the first meeting and a grant from the American Philosophical Society led to the production of the journal Evolution.

Commonly known as 'evolution meeting,' the annual conference is often held together with the Society of Systematic Biology and the American Society of Naturalists. The next meeting will be held at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from June 19 to 24, 2008.


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