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Mary Anning on England’s Jurassic Coast: The Life and Times of the World’s First Female Paleontologist
March 3, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Celebrate Women’s History Month with a look into the life and times of the world’s first female paleontologist, Mary Anning, in this virtual presentation on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at 7pm for the White Lake Community Library.
In 1799, Mary Anning was born into a humble family in the medieval port of Lyme Regis on the south shore of England, part of its Jurassic Coast. Little did she know she would go on to develop an unmatched eye for finding the undiscovered creatures embedded in 185 million years of geological history in the notoriously unstable cliffs. Completely self-taught, academia came calling to consult and buy her finds as she continued to make discoveries that changed the scientific world, yet she was unacknowledged and uncredited by the scientific community in her own time. Register on the calendar at wlclib.org to join Anglophile and former UK resident Claire Evans for a lively talk on “the greatest fossil hunter the world has ever known” and the UNESCO World Heritage site she was lucky enough to call home.
Portrait of Mary Anning and her dog Tray, artist unknown. Source: Natural History Museum, London