The Amazing Woman Who Discovered Dinosaurs: Mary Anning

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Dr. Lynda

Did you know there was a time (not that long ago) when people thought all the life there ever was, was still present on the Earth? In other words, there was no such thing as dinosaurs or extinctions?

Dinosaur bones had been discovered before the 1840’s, but they were considered the bones of some modern animal, still walking around, yet undiscovered.

Image: the beach at Lyme Regis, England, Jurassic Coast with an Ichthyosaur skeleton
Source: Wikipedia and Commons Wikimedia

Then along came a remarkable woman with an unusual life story and passion. As so often is the case with the best thought-leaders, many seemingly random circumstances aligned perfectly to produce, arguably, the best dinosaur hunter of all time.

Mary Anning’s story (yes, she was a middle-aged woman in England in the 1820’s) is so remarkable and inspiring!

We found three short videos that take very different angles when celebrating Mary Anning’s great mind and her contribution to science.

First up, take a look at where the Smithsonian’s YouTube channel takes us.

Lovely, huh?

I’m a bit of a science buff, but I learned a lot from that. Isn’t David Attenborough a treasure as a guide through science that might otherwise be boring?

Next up, here’s a marvelous little video made by Jacksonville University and the Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville Florida, on their YouTube channel called The Science Of… I stumbled upon this gem when wrapping up the writing of this article, but I just had to include it.

I love how authentic, enthusiastic and “hands on” this exhibit curator is when he actually explains the magnitude and extent of Mary Anning’s finds.

I have to say, we look at a lot of videos to find really professional pieces for our articles and it’s so great to find this project’s videography! We’ll look forward to featuring their work again. Have a look at replicas of the fossils Mary Anning actually found.

And lastly, just to fill any blanks and go out on an always high note, a completely different tone and more details of the story, with the marvelous YouTube channel, SciShow.

Via: SciShow 3

Thanks to the video producers today for getting us up to speed about a woman who has been barely mentioned in the history books, and those whose work changed everything about the way we see ourselves in the scope of time.

Have you discovered those two marvelous places on the web? You can literally get lost in the wonders that both so carefully and entertainingly present to us.

You can visit their YouTube channels at Smithsonian and SciShow, or introduce a young mind to these and let their curiosity run wild.

Meanwhile, stay open, curious and hopeful yourself!

~ Dr. Lynda

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