Saturday, January 21, 2012

Mary Anning was a fossil hunter who discovered the first complete pterodactyl (now called a pterosaur) in Great Britain, as well as specimens of ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs.  She was a common working class girl who got to meet some of the top scientists of the time.  Remarkable creatures is a remarkable book about Mary Anning and her friendship with an upper class lady named Elizabeth Philpot, who collected fossils of fish.  But it is so much more than just a story about friendship.  It is a story about two women who are trapped within the confines and expectations of the time they live in, a time where women don't have the freedoms that we experience today; a time when women had to fight to be recognized outside of certain prescribed parameters.  It is the story of passion played out in life and the delicate balance between loyalty, appreciation, and envy. 

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