Over two hundred years ago, a young girl discovers a fossil, and begins a lifelong vocation that earns her a place in history! Mary Anning started out gathering seashells and fossils to supplement her poor family's income, but she had a knack for finding incredible fossils. When she was only 12, she painstakingly uncovered the first complete ichtyhyosaur fossil; later she would find the first complete plesiosaurus skeleton and the first British pterosaur fossil.
Anning's discoveries challenged the common knowledge of the day and forced the scientific community to reevaluate how old the Earth actually was. And while she was never fully accepted into the male-dominated arena of science in the 1800s, she was determined to keep hunting — and keep discovering. This book is an inspiring introduction to the woman we now appreciate as one of her age's great paleontologist and fossil hunter.
"Mary isn't about to let the townspeople's gossip and criticism of her hammer, chisel and sturdy top hat (worn for protection from falling rocks) stop her. When she unearths a tooth embedded in a stone, Mary spends months tapping and brushing, chiseling and digging, unearthing a face almost four feet long. Atkins presents a sensitive if romanticized portrait of the real-life discoverer of the first complete ichthyosaur fossil... The patience and dogged determination of the unconventional Mary shines through, making her story one not only for dinosaur-lovers, but for those appreciate stories of strong girls as well." — Publishers Weekly.
|Recommended Age||5 - 8|
|Publication Date||Nov 6, 2012|
|Publisher||CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform|