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VIRTUAL EVENT - Mary Anning talk with author Tom Sharpe

09 March 2021
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Join the Geological Society Library for 'Mary Anning and the Men of Learning', a special online talk by Tom Sharpe FGS, former Chair of the History of Geology Group and author of The Fossil Woman: A Life of Mary Anning.

Mary Anning was born in Lyme Regis in 1799 and made her living finding and selling fossils. Her remarkable discoveries revealed a previously unknown world of extinct reptiles preserved in the surrounding cliffs and foreshore, thus helping turn our knowledge of life on earth on its head. Despite her humble origins and lack of education, when still in her early twenties she became a leading figure in the geological community of the early nineteenth century, and was known throughout Europe.

Who were the ‘men of learning’ whom the Lyme Regis fossil dealer Mary Anning  (1799-1847) thought had ‘sucked her brains’? How well served was she by the geological community of the period - and subsequently? This talk will look at Anning’s discoveries and their publication, her friends and her clients, and consider how ‘the greatest fossilist’ became ‘forgotten’. The event is open to all - geologists, non-geologists and current or future Mary Anning fans!

Tickets for this event are available via Eventbrite.

Registration rates

£ 5.00
£ 5.00

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