Sunday, September 1, 2013
The Fossil girl Mary Anning's dinosaur discovery by Catherine Brighton
Sadly I found no trace of this diary but I did find out a little more about another lady called Mary Anning who discovered an important dinosaur fossil in 1810. The Lyme museum is built on the site of Mary Anning's original home. Women who were involved in early scientific discoveries have always fascinated me. Did you know Beatrix Potter was a keen scientist who studied mushrooms and toadstools?
I have been reading the Kinderbookswitheverything blog where my friend talks about using simple biographies with her students. When I saw one about Mary Anning I knew it would be terrific for our library.
This book uses a graphic novel style to explain how Mary and her brother came to find the fossil of an Ichthyosaur and how this find helped her family business selling 'curiosities'. You can read more about Mary on the Natural History Museum web site where I was lucky to see her portrait last year. Here is a link to the author web site. This book would be perfect for young dinosaur fans and for students who are interested in paleontology.