Bigger is better: 19th century hypothesis gets fresh endorsement

February 19, 2015 7:29 PM

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Bigger is better: 19th century hypothesis gets fresh endorsement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Renowned 19th century American paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope proposed "Cope's Rule," hypothesizing that animal lineages tend to increase in body size over time.

The dinosaur fossils he dug up in the American West seemed to bear this out. But Cope was not infallible. In a mistake famed in the annals of paleontology, he published a description of the wondrous long-necked marine reptile Elasmosaurus in 1868 with its head erroneously placed at the end of the ta...

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