Cope, Edward Drinker


American paleontologist, born near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1840-1897). Cope was a prolific writer and very successful fossil-hunter, publishing over 1200 papers during his career. He developed Cope's law, stating that mammalian species become larger over time. Cope was especially interested in the natural history of reptiles and amphibians, publishing Bactrachian of North America and The Crocodilians and Snails of North America. Copeia, the leading scientific journal in the field of herpetology, is named in his honor.

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