The fossil hunter : dinosaurs, evolution, and the woman whose discoveries changed the world / Shelley Emling.

  • Emling, Shelley.
  • Books

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"Mary Anning was only twelve years old when, in 1811, she discovered the first dinosaur skeleton - an ichthyosaur - while fossil hunting on the cliffs of Lyme Regis, England. The child of a poor family, Mary became a fossil hunter, inspiring the tongue-twister, "She Sells Sea Shells by the Seashore." She attracted the attention of fossil collectors and, eventually, of the scientific world. At the time, it was widely believed that animals did not become extinct but once news of the fossils reached the halls of academia, it became impossible to ignore the truth. Mary's peculiar finds helped lay the groundwork for Charles Darwin's theory of evolution." "A story worthy of Dickens, The Fossil Hunter chronicles the life of this young girl with dirt under her fingernails and without a shilling to buy dinner, who became a world-renowned paleontologist. Dickens himself said of Mary: "The carpenter's daughter has won a name for herself, and deserved to win it.""--book jacket.


New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Physical description

xiii, 234 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm



1st ed.


Snakestones, thunderbolts, and verteberries -- A fantastic beast -- An unimaginable world -- A great kindness -- A long-necked beauty -- The hidden mysteries of coprolites -- Finally, the big city of London -- An amazing new fish -- Spilling secrets -- Esteemed visitors -- The earth moves -- The making of a legend.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.



Where to find it

  • LocationStatus
    History of Medicine
    BZP (Anning)
    Open shelves

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