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Jurassic Mary: Mary Anning and the Primeval…

Jurassic Mary: Mary Anning and the Primeval Monsters

by Patricia Pierce

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The life of one of the pioneers of the emerging science of geology whose discoveries were often credited in her time to others, due to her gender and classMary Anning (1799-1847) was one of the pioneers of the emerging science of geology, and the first woman palaeontologist to make important discoveries. When she was just 12, she discovered the first whole ichthyosaurus skeleton; later, aged 22, she found the first whole skeleton of a plesiosaurus, and this find gained her international fame. She was unusual then?as she would be now?in being a woman geologist, and she was also a curiosity in being both provincial and lower class when science was dominated by upper class London gentlemen. During her lifetime she won the respect of contemporary scientists, receiving an annuity from the British Association for the Advancement of Science during the last decade of her life. Upon her death, Dickens wrote "the carpenter's daughter has won a name for herself, and deserved to win it." After her death, however, scientists wrote her out of their books, crediting instead the naturalists who had bought her specimens with her discoveries. It was inconceivable to them that an uneducated woman had produced such astonishing work. This biography rescues the now little-known life of this extraordinary woman from undeserved obscurity to reveal her full and fascinating life.… (more)



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Mary Anning was truly an exceptional woman. Daughter of a carpenter, was a poor, uneducated woman, who became one of the first palaeontologist, respected by lots of scientists. Unfortunately this book not worthy this amazing life. Badly edited, discursive, jumping in space and time without any apparent reason and it talks a lot more about anything else but Mary Anning's life itself. Shame. ( )
  TheCrow2 | Sep 6, 2016 |
A nice quick read....This meant much more to me than it might have since I was just recently this year in Lyme Regis. One judge of a book for me is how did it do in furthering my desire to read more on the subject....this did it as I am now interested in several of the books listed in a nice bibliography at the end. Early English geology leading up to Darwin might just become a new interest of mine.... ( )
  untraveller | Sep 20, 2015 |
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