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Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
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Apr 05, 2010

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bookshelves: 19th-cent-fiction, historical-fiction, april-2010
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Coming from different social classes, Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot would never have had anything to do with one another, except for their fascination with fossils. Anning started searching for fossils to sell as a way to help support her family while still a child; Philpot was a serious collector, and an amateur natural historian (limited by gender and income to remain on the sidelines). Anning found the first complete pterosaur, and a number of ichtyosaurs and pleiosaurs.

In this novel, Chevalier brings these two real women to life as friends, rivals, and colleagues, who taught one another: practical techniques and science.

I am curious to read more about each of them.

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