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Edward Drinker Cope

Edward Drinker Cope

Male 1840 - 1897

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  • Name  Edward Drinker Cope 
    Born  28 Jul 1840  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  12 Apr 1897  Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I29595  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  5 Nov 2010 

    Father  Alfred Cope,   b. 13 Apr 1806, Philadelphia MM, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1875, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Hannah Edge,   b. 7 Aug 1814, East Caln, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Apr 1843, Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  23 Oct 1839  London Grove MM, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F7222  Group Sheet

    Family  Annie Pim,   b. 24 May 1841, Caln Township, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1933 
    Children 
     1. Julia Bibble Cope,   b. 6 Oct 1866,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  5 Nov 2010 
    Family ID  F7722  Group Sheet

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  • Notes 
    • Edward Drinker Cope (July 28, 1840 \endash April 12, 1897) was an American paleontologist and comparative anatomist, as well as a noted herpetologist and ichthyologist. Born to a wealthy Quaker family, Cope distinguished himself as a child prodigy interested in science; he published his first scientific paper at the age of nineteen. Though his father tried to raise Cope as a gentleman farmer, he eventually acquiesced to his son's scientific aspirations. Cope married his cousin and had one child; the family moved from Philadelphia to Haddonfield, New Jersey, although Cope would maintain a residence and museum in Philadelphia in his later years.
      Cope had little formal scientific training, and he eschewed a teaching position for field work. He made regular trips to the American West prospecting in the 1870s and 1880s, often as a member of United States Geological Survey teams. A personal feud between Cope and paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh led to a period of intense fossil-finding competition now known as the Bone Wars. Cope's financial fortunes soured after failed mining ventures in the 1880s, forcing him to sell off much of his fossil collection. He experienced a resurgence in his career toward the end of his life before dying of unidentified causes on April 12, 1897.
      Cope's scientific pursuits nearly bankrupted him, but his contributions helped to define the field of American paleontology. He was a prodigious writer, with 1,400 papers published over his lifetime, although his rivals would debate the accuracy of his rapidly published works. He discovered, described, and named more than 1,000 vertebrate species including hundreds of fishes and dozens of dinosaurs. His proposals on the origin of mammalian molars and for the gradual enlargement of mammalian species over geologic time ("Cope's Law") are notable among his theoretical contributions.

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