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Addison Emery Verrill (1839, Greenwood, Maine - 1926, Santa
Barbara, California) was an American zoologist. He was a student of
Louis Agassiz at Harvard University and graduated during 1862. He
then accepted a position as Yale University's first Professor
of Zoology, and taught there from 1864 until his retirement during
1907. Between 1868-70 he was professor of comparative anatomy and
entomology in the University of Wisconsin. From 1860 Verrill
investigated the invertebrate fauna of the Atlantic coast, with
special reference to the corals, annelids, echinoderms, and
mollusks, and became the chief authority on the living cephalopods,
especially the colossal squids of the North Atlantic.