Died this day: paleontologist E. D. Cope

by Anonymous on Apr. 12th, 2010

Edward Drinker Cope and colleagues: One of the last images of Cope (third from right) taken at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Buffalo, NY in 1896. He died less than a year later.
Edward Drinker Cope and colleagues: One of the last images of Cope (third from right) taken at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Buffalo, NY in 1896. He died less than a year later.Courtesy Public domain via Wikimedia
Edward Drinker Cope was a paleontologist and naturalist born in 1840 who made up one side of the famous Bone Wars during the early days of American paleontology. Yale paleontologist Othniel C. Marsh was his arch rival. Originally the two were friends but their competition to find and name the most prehistoric creatures led to a bitter battle personally, and in the press. Nonetheless, Cope's output was prolific having written some 1400 scientific papers. He died on this day in 1897 at his home in Philadelphia.

LINKS
Cope biography at Wikipedia
Cope bio at UCMP-Berkeley

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