Remarkable Creatures

Sunday, October 28, 2012
Tracy Chevalier
Remarkable Creatures

This well-written piece of fiction is based on actual history and written by the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring,     The setting is early 19th century (1800s) in Lyme England.  The main characters, Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot, were some of the many who were based on real people.  In an era when women were not allowed to be full participants in their culture especially in academic circles, Mary and Elizabeth become kindred spirits discovering fossils and identifying them at a time before Darwin took his voyage when people were just beginning to question the age of the world.   Despite the struggles and setbacks due to the sexism and class division at the time, Mary’s fossil finds were crucial to the advancement of early paleontology.  Check our catalog

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