Dr. Bakker urged me weeks ago to check out a super cool chick named Mary Anning who was really smart and knew a lot about fossils. “She would be a great role model for girls,” he said. Okay, okay, I’ll get around to it was the answer, thinking all the time that it sounded kind of boring. I could not have been more wrong, what a great gal. The Spice Girls could have taken a lesson or two from Mary on Girl Power.
Or…at least they can be top-notch world-class fossil hunters.
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In a time where women were not taken seriously at all (she lived in the 19th century after all), let alone in science, Mary made a name for herself as a top-shelf fossil hunter and amateur geologist. As if being a woman wasn’t bad enough, she was also quite poor and collected and sold fossils to help support her family.
Mary slogged around day after day under unstable cliffs at low tide searching for fossils that washed out of the cliff walls. She was almost crushed several times by falling boulders, which ended up killing her dog. What a commitment it must have taken to persevere.
When Mary was only 12 years old she carried out the excavation of the world’s first ichthyosaur all by herself. What an accomplishment. I think she’s my new favorite science girl. Girls (and boys), I want to hear who your favorite science girl is. Let’s get your comments.