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COPE

Edward Drinker Cope
Date of Birth: July 28th, 1840
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Parents: Alfred and Hanna
Spouse: Annie Pim (his cousin)
Date of expiry: April 12th, 1897 (aged 56)
Place of expiry: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Legacy: Cope's rule
Edward Drinker Cope
E.D Cope, for whom Bakker named Drinker in 1990, was one of the most colorful characters in American paleontology. He published well over one thousand scientific papers in his lifetime but is perhaps best remembered for his intense rivalry with fellow paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh in an epic 19th century feud now referred to as "The Bone War."

The conflict was sparked by a rookie error by Cope which resulted in much pointing and laughing from fellow fossil-jock Marsh. Okay, he had discovered and restored a long-necked plesiosaur and attached its head to its tail, but it all became a bit extreme.

Cope's embarrassment was too much for his ego to bear and the two became bitter enemies, publicly criticizing each other's work, hiring spies and saboteurs to ruin each other's excavations, and each rushing to publish their research before the other in a form of machismo driven scientific one-upmanship. Never had paleontology advanced so quickly for such ignoble causes.

Like his nemesis, a glance at Cope's list of "discoveries" and the number that have been chalked off could lead you to assume that many were merely fakes, forgeries or flambuoyent clap-trap and who's to know for sure? From what we can gather Cope would never have stooped so low and the fact remains that without him paleontology would have been a lot worse off.
More Cope...
• Henry Fairfield Osborn (1931) "Cope: Master Naturalist: The Life and Letters of Edward Drinker Cope with a Bibliography of His Writings Classified By Subject".
Discoveries and descriptions ...
Name Type Timeline Family
AGATHAUMAS Ceratopsia 067-66 mya Ceratopsia
AMPHICOELIAS Sauropoda 156-151 mya Diplodocoidea
APATOSAURUS Sauropoda 156-151 mya Apatosaurinae
CAMARASAURUS Sauropoda 156-151 mya Camarasauridae
COELOPHYSIS Theropoda 209-201 mya Coelophysoidea
DRYPTOSAURUS Theropoda 071-68 mya Tyrannosauroidea
HYPSIBEMA Ornithopoda 084-71 mya Hadrosauridae
MANOSPONDYLUS Non-Dinosaurian 067-66 mya Non dinosaurian
MONOCLONIUS Ceratopsia 084-71 mya Centrosaurinae
                    
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