Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Owen, Richard

Leading comparative anatomist and influential administrator at the British Museum (1856-83); developed Linnaean distinction between homology and analogy; coined the term dinosaur. Owen described the Beagle fossil mammal specimens, but later became one of the best known and most vicious detractors of Darwinism, and strove to prove an unbridgeable gap between man and the apes.

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