This is a short video I shot and edited for #ScienceWoman, a project by Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios’ ‘It’s OK To Be Smart’ to promote and celebrate inspiring women in the sciences.
I decided to talk about Mary Anning, a 19th-century fossil hunter whose discoveries are recognized today as some of the most significant in paleontology. Near her home in Lyme Regis, she explored cliffs that held rich marine fossil beds dating primarily to the Jurassic era; she sold her fossil finds to support herself and her working-class family. Anning found the first ichthyosaur skeleton, the first plesiosaur skeleton, and a rare pterosaur skeleton. Her impressive knowledge of fossils, geology, and anatomy was acquired informally, and while many scientists visited and consulted with her, she was excluded from scientific societies of the time, which did not admit women. But recent years have seen growing recognition and appreciation for her scientific contributions.
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“Dorset UK location map” Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right.
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“Lias Cliff, West of Lyme Regis – geograph.org.uk – 771487” by Nigel Chadwick.
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“Mary Anning painting” Credited to ‘Mr. Grey’ in Crispin Tickell’s book ‘Mary Anning of Lyme Regis’ (1996).
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