The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist
Author: Linda Skeers Illustrator: Marta Alvarez Miguens 2020 Age range: 4 and up
Mary Anning was born in 1799 a woman who was a head of her time.
Over 200 years later she was named by the Royal Society of London as one of the ten most influential British women of science.
When Mary was a child, she would search the beach near Lyme Regis, England to look for “curiosities” to sell to tourists. She found bones and fossils and she kept detailed notes of her findings.
One day her curiosity led her to discover dinosaur bones. Her findings over the years helped to transform science and scientific discovery and her work helped to lead to a new branch of science - paleontology. In addition, her discovery proved that the earth was not six thousand years old as many believed, but millions. Every discovery for Mary was a learning process for both her and the field of science.
One of her findings was a pterosaur- “a prehistoric flying reptile”.
Mary could not attend Universities or go to a lecture on the subject, but the geologists, scientists and scholars came to her instead to learn.
Author Linda Skeers weaves a fascinating story about a woman with grit and determination. Illustrator Marta Miguens captures the time period beautifully and shows a woman who never gave up. A Bookish Decree: A STEM marvel