Edward Drinker Cope (1840-1897)

The most prolific taxonomist in the history of vertebrate paleontology, also active in ichthyology and herpetology (the journal Copeia is named after him). Prominent neo-Lamarckian theorist; friend of A. Hyatt and co-owner/editor of the American Naturalist. Bitter enemy of O. Marsh. Aided by H. Osborn in his 1890 media assault on Marsh. A modest inheritance financed his research through the mid-1880's. President of AAAS in 1896.


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