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James W. Valentine (b. 11 November 1926) is an American evolutionary biologist and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley.
He was born in Los Angeles, California and educated at Phillips University, (B.A., 1951) and the University of California, Los Angeles (M.A., 1954, Ph.D., 1958). He married Diane Mondragon in 1987 and had 3 children. 
He has published widely and -- in addition to peer-reviewed publications -- has written several books, including:
- The Cambrian Explosion: The Construction of Animal Biodiversity, 2013 ISBN 978-1-936221-03-5, with Douglas Erwin
- On the Origin of Phyla 2004 ISBN 0-226-84548-6
- Phanerozoic Diversity Patterns : Profiles In Macroevolution 1985 ISBN 0-691-08374-6, Editor
- Evolving : The Theory And Processes Of Organic Evolution 1979 ISBN 0-8053-0310-3, with Francisco J. Ayala
- Evolution 1977 with Theodosius Dobzhansky, G. Ledyard Stebbins and Ayala
- Evolutionary Paleoecology of the Marine Biosphere 1973 ISBN 0-13-293720-4
- "Valentine, James W 1926-". Retrieved 15 December 2018.
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