Subtitled “Dinosaurs, Evolution and the Woman Whose Discoveries Changed the World,” this wonderful work of non-fiction is the story of Mary Anning who, in 1811 at the age of 12, discovered a dinosaur skeleton at the cliffs of her English home town, Lyme Regis. She became quite famous for her numerous discoveries over the years, as well as her expertise in the field. This was quite remarkable, given her limited education and life of poverty.
I first learned of Mary Anning when reading Tracy Chevalier’s Remarkable Creatures, a work of fiction based on Anning’s life. The Emling book, however, helps the reader fully understand the importance of Anning’s findings within of the context of the current science of the day, and the impact these findings had on religious teaching. Emling presents the work as narrative non-fiction. It is well-researched and immensely interesting.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2009
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