Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Galton, Francis

British statistician and eugenicist, cousin of Charles Darwin. Galton was one of the inventors of the twin method and believed that behaviors as well as physical traits could be quantified. He also suggested that fingerprints could be used to identify individuals; see dermatoglyphics. Galton coined the terms eugenics and euthenics. Author of Hereditary Genius (1869). Winner of the Royal Society’s Copley Medal (1910).

See regression and law of filial regression.

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