Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Cope, Edward Drinker

US paleontologist; known for his competitive harvesting of equid fossils from the American Mid-west, Cope is less well known for the Eocene primates he excavated and described; also well-remembered for his neo-Lamarckism and the exposition of Cope’s laws, but less so for the obscure but important fact that he was the first scientist to use the word evolution in the title and text of an Englishlanguage publication (1868); later also owner-editor of the successful journal The American Naturalist.

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