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Jurassic Mary: Mary Anning and the Primeval Monsters

Biography / Memoir

By: Patricia Pierce

256 pages, b&w photos

The History Press

Hardback | Apr 2006 | #161851 | ISBN: 0750940395
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Mary Anning (1799-1847) was one of the pioneers of the emerging science of geology. When she was just 12, she discovered the first whole ichthyosaurus skeleton; later, aged 22, she found the first whole skeleton of a plesiosaurus, and this find gained her international fame. She was unusual then - as she would be now - in being a woman geologist, and she was also a curiosity in being both provincial and lower class when science was dominated by upper class London gentlemen. During her lifetime she won the respect of contemporary scientists, receiving an annuity from the British Association for the Advancement of Science during the last decade of her life. Upon her death, Dickens wrote 'the carpenter's daughter has won a name for herself, and deserved to win it'. After her death, however, scientists wrote her out of their books, crediting instead the naturalists who had bought her specimens with her discoveries. It was inconceivable to them that an uneducated woman had produced such astonishing work.

Patricia Pierce rescues the now little-known life of this extraordinary woman from undeserved obscurity to reveal her full and fascinating life.


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Biography

Patricia Pierce is the author of Old London Bridge, published by Headline in August 2001, and published by them in paperback in July 2002, and of The Great Shakespeare Fraud (Sutton, April 2004). A Canadian, Pat lives in Walton on Thames, Surrey.

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