This Day In History: 1840-07-28


Edward Drinker Cope (1840 – 1897) was born on this day.
He was a US paleontologist and ichthyologist, best known for his personal feud with paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh that led to a period of intense fossil-finding competition known as the Bone Wars.
He published over 1,400 papers, and although Cope is today known as a herpetologist and paleontologist, his contributions to ichthyology include cataloguing 300 species of fishes over three decades.

Cope is honoured in the name of the journal of the American Society of Ichthyology and Herpetology, Copeia, and in the names of a number of species under copei.