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The Fossil Hunter: Dinosaurs, Evolution, and the Woman Whose Discoveries Changed the World

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At a time when women were excluded from science, a young girl made a discovery that marked the birth of paleontology and continues to feed the debate about evolution to this day.

Mary Anning was only twelve years old when, in 1811, she discovered the first dinosaur skeleton--of an ichthyosaur--while fossil hunting on the cliffs of Lyme Regis, England. Until Mary's incredibl
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Published October 13th 2009 by St. Martin's Press
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Betty Her name is Elizabeth Philpot, a 19th century British fossil collector and paleontologist. Read Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier and you'll…moreHer name is Elizabeth Philpot, a 19th century British fossil collector and paleontologist. Read Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier and you'll learn more about her.(less)
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Caroline
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ladyslott
I recently read Tracy Chevalier’s newest book Remarkable Creatures, the story of Mary Anning, a woman I had never heard of but is getting the attention she so richly deserved. I enjoyed Remarkable Creatures so much I was very happy to learn of this biography of her life. For anyone who doesn’t normally like nonfiction I would recommend this book, it is written in a very accessible style and the story is so astonishing it reads like fiction. Emling has written a book that I found easy to read and ...more
Tasha
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The story of Mary Anning is definitely one that needs to be known as she was an integral part of our understanding of the earth's history but while this book helps to bring her story forward, it's not the best written story. I find it distracting to read "she most likely" or "she probably". I know we can't possibly know for certain what someone did and said but I prefer my non-fiction to read more like a story and not possibilities. Despite this, the story of Mary Anning is very interesting and ...more
Friederike Knabe
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In 1999, the two hundredth birthday of Mary Anning, "the first woman geologist", was marked with a modest celebratory event in the small Philpot Museum in her home town, Lyme Regis, on England's southern shore. It led, eventually, to renewed interest in the life and time of this unique young woman, who despite being of the poorest background and without formal education, contributed in the most extraordinary way to the advancement of science and understanding of life on earth. Shelley Emling, re ...more
Josiphine/Tessa
I am so so interested in Mary Anning but I can't go on with this book. The author has a severe bias against religion in general and Christianity specifically. The writing drove me crazy--she hardly tells us what Mary did, instead she states what Mary "likely did" or "would have felt." Those two phrases are used on almost every stinking page.
Stephanie
This is a book about Mary Anning. What?!? You’ve never heard of her? But she discovered the first ichthyosaur; the first plesiosaur, too. She was well-known throughout Europe in the early 1800’s. In fact, Charles Dickens himself wrote an article about her. The tongue-twister, “She sells sea-shells by the sea-shore” was inspired by her.

Still doesn’t ring a bell? Well, no surprise there. I’d never heard of her, and I’m into this sort of stuff. It’s a pity that the woman who made so many great disc
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Sally
Dec 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Despite a few narrative flaws, this is an absolutely fascinating story of a young woman doesn’t get the social or scientific recognition she deserves. Coming in, I knew just enough about Mary Anning to want to know more. I knew she was the subject of Tracy Chevalier's Remarkable Creatures(which is next on my reading list), but I wanted to start with something more straightforwardly biographical, before moving into the novelised version of her life.

Since I don’t want them to be the focus of my re
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Elsie Hulsizer
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This biography of the woman who unearthed the first Ichthyosaurus is both a deeply moving personal story of the overcoming of poverty and illiteracy and a fascinating history of the period immediately preceding Darwin’s Origin of Species.

Mary Anning of Lyme Regis, England laid the groundwork for the theory of evolution by her relentless efforts to chisel fossils out of the chalk cliffs of Southern England. Pushed by the need to earn a living from the sale of fossils and spurred on by the steady
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Noel
Dec 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in the history of science, women's history or natural history
"The fossil Hunter" explores the life of Mary Anning, a lower-class woman from the south of England who changed paleontology with her numerous and spectacular fossil finds. One of the main themes of the book, and Mary Anning's life, was her relationship with many of the professional paleontologists of England, who were invariably well-educated and rich. Many of these paleontologists respected Mary as a skilled and knowledgable fossil hunter and paleontologist. However, they never gave her credit ...more
Beleth
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shelley Emling has been a journalist for 20 years. She was born in Missouri. Later she grew up in Dallas, Texas. She went to the University of Texas and started her journalism career at UPI.

Shelley is the author of two books: Your Guide to Retiring in Mexico, and most recently, The Fossil Hunter, published by Macmillan in 2009 about paleontologist Mary Anning, whom Shelley had learned of while on
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“Some five decades later, writer Terry Sullivan was inspired by Mary’s life story to compose the popular tongue twister : She sells seashells on the seashore The shells she sells are seashells, I’m sure So if she sells seashells on the seashore Then I’m sure she sells seashore shells.” 0 likes
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