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Contact Details

Professor John Cope
National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park, Cardiff
CF10 3NP

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3164

Staff Name

Professor John Cope

Job Title

Honorary Research Fellow (Natural Sciences)

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

BSc, PhD, DSc (University of Bristol). Chartered Geologist. Fellow of the Geological Society. Membership of Palaeontological Association, Geologists’ Association, Ussher Society.

Research Interests

My research interests are numerous and varied and include wide interests in British stratigraphy and palaeogeography. Since my PhD work, I have long-standing interest in Jurassic ammonites and stratigraphy. Discovery of the most diverse early bivalve fauna known globally (from the Early Ordovician in south Wales) has led to other bivalve work and to my contributions to the revised bivalve volumes of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology.  Studies on the Welsh Ediacaran faunas (the oldest fossils in Wales) are proceeding.


Invertebrate palaeontology, stratigraphy, Jurassic ammonites, Jurassic stratigraphy, Ordovician bivalves, Ediacaran faunas, British palaeogeography.

Selected Publications

Cope, J. C. W. 2017.  Geology of the South Devon Coast, from the Dorset boundary to the Brixham area. Geologists’ Assocation Guide, 73, vi + 122 pp.

Cope, J. C.W. 2016. Geology of the Dorset Coast. Geologists’ Association Field Guide 22, 2nd edition, viii +222 pp.

Cope, J. C. W. & Kriz, J. 2013.  The Lower Palaeozoic palaeobiogeography of bivalves.  In: D. A. T. Harper & T. Servais (eds). Early Palaeozoic biogeography and palaeogeography. Geological Society of London, Memoirs, 38, 221-241.

Carter, J. G., Anderson, L., Bogan A., Coan, G., Cope, J. C. W., Harries P.J., Kleeman, N. K., Kriz, J., Malchus, N., McRoberts, C., Pojeta, J., Sartori, A., Yancey, T. & Zieritz, A. 2012.  A Glossary of terms for the Bivalvia. Paleontological Contributions of the Paleontological Institute, University of Kansas, 207pp.

Carter, J. G.,  Altaba, C. R., Anderson ,L. C., Araujo, R.,  Biakov, A. S.,  Bogan A. E., Campbell, D. C., Campbell, M., Chen J-h., Cope, J. C. W.,  Delvene, G.,  Dijkstra, H. H.,  Fang, Z-j., Gardner, R. N., Gavrilova, V. A.,  Goncharova, I. A., Harries, P. J., Hartman, J. H., Hautmann, M., Hoeh, W. R., Hylleberg, J.,  Jiang, B-y., Johnston, P., Kirkendale, L., Kleemann, K., Koppka,  J., Kříž, J., Machado, D., Malchus, N., Márquez-Aliaga.  A., Masse, J-P.,  McRoberts, C. A., Middelfart, P. U., Mitchell, S., Nevesskaja, L. A., Özer, S., Pojeta, J., Polubotko, I. V., Pons, J. M., Popov, S., Sánchez, T., Sartori, A., Scott, R. W., Sey, I. I., Signorelli, J. H.,  Silantiev, V. V.,Skelton, P. W., Steuber, T., Waterhouse, J. B., Wingard,  G. L., & Yancey, t. 2011.  A synoptical classification of the Bivalvia (Mollusca).  Paleontological Contributions of the Paleontological Institute, University of Kansas, 4, 47 pp.

Cope, J. C. W. 2006. Upper Cretaceous palaeogeography of the British Isles and adjacent areas. Proceedings of the Geologists’ Association, 117, 129-143.

Cope, J. C. W.. 2006. Jurassic, the returning seas. Chapter 14 In Brenchley. J. & Rawson, P. F. Geology of England and Wales.  Geological Society, London, 325-363.

Cope, J. C. W.  2005. Octocorallian and hydroid fossils from the Lower Ordovician of WalesPalaeontology, 48, 433-445.

Cope, J. C. W.  2004. Chapter 20.  Bivalve and rostroconch molluscs.  In Webby, B. D., Paris, F., Droser, M. L. and Peercival, I. G. (eds). The great Ordovician biodiversification event.  Columbia University Press, New York. 196-208   

Fang, Z-J. & Cope, J. C. W. 2004.  Early Ordovician bivalves from Dali, West Yunnan, China. Palaeontology, 47, 1121-1158.

Cope, J. C. W.  2002.  Diversification and biogeography of bivalves during the Ordovician Period. In Crame, j. a. and Owen, A. W.(eds) Palaeobiogeography and biodiversity change: a comparison of the Ordovician and Mesozoic-Cenozoic radiations. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 194, 35-52.

Cope, J. C. W. 2000. A new look at early bivalve phylogeny. In: E M Harper, J D Taylor & J A Crame (eds) Evolutionary Biology of the Bivalvia. Special Publication of the Geological Society, London, 177, 81-95

Cope, J. C.W & Sole, D. T. C. 2000. Ammonite jaw apparatuses from the Sinemurian (Lower Jurassic) of Dorset and their taphonomic relevance.  Journal of the Geological Society, London, 157, 201-205.

Carney, J.N., Horák, J.M., Pharaoh, T.C., Gibbons, W., Wilson, D., Barclay, W.J., Bevins, R.E., Cope, J.C.W. & Ford, T.D. 2000. Precambrian Rocks of England and Wales. Geological Review Series No. 20.  Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Peterborough

Cope, J. C.W. 1999. Middle Ordovician bivalves from mid-Wales and the Welsh Borderland. Palaeontology, 42, 467-499 .

Cope, J. C. W. 1996. Early Ordovician (Arenig) bivalves from the Llangynog Inlier, South Wales.  Palaeontology, 39, 979-1025.