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1 April 2011 A Tale of Four Lhwyds: Early Research Materials on Fossil Marine Vertebrates Available to Edward Drinker Cope in Philadelphia Prior to 1868
Jane P. Davidson
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Edward Drinker Cope (1840–1897) reconstructed and named the type specimen of Elasmosaurus platyurus in 1869. In publishing this specimen, he made reference to various early 19th century publications on plesiosaurs. Along with these publications, he would have had access to images of various fossil bones including vertebrae of ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs which were printed in Edward Lhwyd's Lithophylacii Britannici Ichnographia (1699) as copies of the book were readily available to him in three Philadelphia research institutions. Cope did not refer to Lhwyd even though he had access to the book, and reasons for this are presented.

Jane P. Davidson "A Tale of Four Lhwyds: Early Research Materials on Fossil Marine Vertebrates Available to Edward Drinker Cope in Philadelphia Prior to 1868," Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 114(2), 124-128, (1 April 2011). https://doi.org/10.1660/062.114.0112
Published: 1 April 2011
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Early Philadelphia Research Institutions
Edward Drinker Cope
Edward Lhwyd
Lithophylacii Britannici Ichnographia
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