The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 36, July 1932 - April, 1933 Page: 80

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Texas, with but a very few other states, ranks among the lead-
ing contributors to our knowledge of the ancient life and formation
of the North American continent through Professor Cope's explora-
tions and investigations, and is outstanding in the record of his
remarkable career. He visited the state several times, notably in
the years 1877 and 1892-3. His first journey of '77 appears to
have marked a turning point in his career. He studied the Lower
Triassic and Permian strata of Texas, an unexplored section, also
exposing important new fossiliferous beds of Miocene and Pliocene
age, showing animals that must have migrated from Asia and South
America. In the later years mentioned, Cope returned in the
employ of the Texas State Geological Survey. Tertiary mammals
and Permian reptiles and amphibians-among the latter most re-
markably built types, evidently ancestral to later amphibians and
to the reptiles-rank conspicuously among his epochal finds. His
letters from Texas occupy many pages and abound in natural his-
tory and human interest, depicting conditions which prevailed at
the time. Cope's work in the human history of scientific explora-
tion and the place of his discovered animals in the phylogenetic or
racial history of vertebrates, unite to make the Texas chapters of
his career memorable in the history of the State and the general
history of our country.
The Texas State Historical Association met in Austin, Texas,
April 21-22, 1932, for the thirty-fifth annual meeting, the president
Dr. Alex. Dienst, presiding.
The program on Thursday afternoon, April 21, consisted of three
papers. The Trans-Pecos in Texas History was given by Prof.
Clifford B. Casey of the history department of Sul Ross State
Teachers College. Prof. R. N. Richardson of Simmons University
read a paper on Underlying Causes of Difficulties with the
Comanche Indians. The program of the afternoon was concluded
with A Brief Sketch of the Life of Lorenzo de Zavala and an
Account of His Texas Career During the Years 1885-1886, by Mr.
W. S. Cleaves of Houston, Texas.
Mr. Harbert Davenport of Brownsville, Texas, entertained the

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