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Author: Shelley Emling Narrator: Rachael Beresford Publisher: Tantor Audio Audio Length: Release Date: November 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781705282687

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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.

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  • “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
  • “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
  • 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

Awards

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Bertrice Small (1937—2015) was an award-winning author of historical romance, fantasy romance, and contemporary erotic novels. Her many awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award from Romantic Times magazine for her contributions to the genre.