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Discovering Dorothea: The Life of the Pioneering Fossil-Hunter Dorothea Bate

Biography / MemoirOut of Print

By: Karolyn Shindler

390 pages, Illus

Fourth Estate

Hardback | Dec 2005 | #153159 | ISBN: 0002571382
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In 1898, nineteen-year-old Dorothea Bate marched into the Natural History Museum and demanded a job, launching an extraordinary career as a fossil-hunter and an association with the Museum that would last fifty years. In the early 1900s, she explored Cyprus, Crete, Majorca and Menorca, and discovered fossil evidence of unique species of extinct fauna.

'Karolyn Shindler has rescued a remarkable woman from undeserved obscurity. Dorothea Bate was a pioneer palaeontologist and fearless explorer, who excavated remote caves on the Mediterranean islands at a time when women were still struggling to be taken seriously as scientists. She made known to the world extraordinary tiny hippopotamuses, weird elephants and the 'goaty animal with ratlike teeth' Myotragus. Schindler's excellent book serves to illuminate not only the travails of fieldwork a century ago, but also the problems faced by women seeking to carve out their own intellectual space in the sometimes stifling atmosphere of respectable Britain. A compelling read.' - Richard Fortey

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Karolyn Shindler read Modern History at St Hugh's College, Oxford. She worked in publishing and magazines before becoming a producer and editor at the BBC. There she worked on such programmes as Radio Four's The World Tonight and BBC2's Newsnight. She also worked as a political consultant to the BBC World Service. She lives in London with her partner, the broadcaster and journalist Henry Kelly, and their son, Alexander. She is a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

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