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The Fossil Hunter: Dinosaurs, Evolution, and the Woman Whose Discoveries Changed the World
 
 
Author
Shelley Emling.
Publisher Macmillan  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780230611566
Pages/Publication Date 234/2009
Daedalus Item Code 31478
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For many years the unsung matriarch of paleontology (a term that did not yet exist when she began her work), Mary Anning was only 12 years old when, in 1811, she discovered an ichthyosaur skeleton in the cliffs of Lyme Regis, England—a find that inspired the broad acceptance of the concept of extinction. Anning made her career unearthing outstanding specimens for scientists and institutions, and studied fossils so thoroughly that her knowledge and understanding surpassed that of many experts. Shelley Emling chronicles the life of an amateur scientist whose gender and class forbade her from joining the Geological Society of London, yet whose findings and research helped lay the groundwork for evolutionary science—and who was named by the Royal Society in 2010 as one of the ten British women who have most influenced the history of science.

"Shelley Emling vividly brings to life the fascinating story of Mary Anning, the greatest fossil hunter of the early 19th century. Anning single-handedly recovered an extraordinary collection of fossils of marine and flying reptiles that helped shape the way we now see the incredibly long history of life on Earth. With this enjoyable book, Emling gives Anning her deserved place in history."—Hans Sues

 
 
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