The Fossil Hunter by Shelley Emling audiobook

The Fossil Hunter: Dinosaurs, Evolution, and the Woman Whose Discoveries Changed the World

By Shelley Emling
Read by Rachael Beresford

Tantor Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200177707

  • ISBN: 9798200177691

  • ISBN: 9798200177714

Runtime: 9.09 Hours
Category: Nonfiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Mary Anning was only twelve years old when, in 1811, she discovered the first dinosaur skeleton—of an ichthyosaur—while fossil hunting on the cliffs of Lyme Regis, England. Until Mary's incredible discovery, it was widely believed that animals did not become extinct. The child of a poor family, Mary became a fossil hunter, inspiring the tongue-twister, "She Sells Sea Shells by the Seashore." She attracted the attention of fossil collectors and eventually the scientific world. Once news of the fossils reached the halls of academia, it became impossible to ignore the truth. Mary's peculiar finds helped lay the groundwork for Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, laid out in his On the Origin of Species. Darwin drew on Mary's fossilized creatures as irrefutable evidence that life in the past was nothing like life in the present.

A story worthy of Dickens, The Fossil Hunter chronicles the life of this young girl, who became a world-renowned paleontologist. Dickens himself said of Mary: "The carpenter's daughter has won a name for herself, and deserved to win it."

Here at last, Shelley Emling returns Mary Anning, of whom Stephen J. Gould remarked, is "probably the most important unsung (or inadequately sung) collecting force in the history of paleontology," to her deserved place in history.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Readable, journalistic…puts Anning’s work into the scientific and sociological context.”  New York Times
“Pays tribute to Anning in an original and gripping historical biography.” Financial Times (London)
“Emling writes with a style that makes The Fossil Hunter very hard to put down before reaching the last page.” Winnepeg Free Press (Canada)
“Rachael Beresford narrates this fascinating story. The warmth of her voice and her soft British accent captivate the listener and carry the narrative along effectively…Her pacing allows listeners to absorb scientific facts and principles…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
Rachael Beresford narrates this fascinating story. The warmth of her voice and her soft British accent captivate the listener and carry the narrative along effectively. AudioFile
“Marshals an immense amount of information about the world of 19th-century geology and paleontology…[and] trains a well-deserved spotlight on Anning.“ Washington Times

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Shelley Emling

Author Bio: Shelley Emling

Shelley Emling is a senior editor at AARP.org and editor-in-chief of The Girlfriend from AARP. Previously she was a senior editor at the Huffington Post for five years. She has worked as a foreign correspondent for the Cox Media Group both in Europe and in Latin America for more than twelve years, based in London for eight years. She is the author of several books, including Marie Curie and Her Daughters, Setting the World on Fire, Your Guide to Retiring in Mexico, and The Fossil Hunter.

Titles by Author

Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 9.09
Audience: Adult
Language: English