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Remarkable Creatures: A Book Review

By November 21, 2010

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Tracy Chevalier's Remarkable Creatures is a fictional tale of the friendship between Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot, two early 19th century women whose obsession with fossils added much to the birth of paleontology. The paperback edition was published this month by Penguin Books.

Remarkable Creatures cover art.
Remarkable Creatures cover art
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Anning and Philpot spent some thirty years together and separately seeking fossils on the beach near Lyme Regis, England. Their collections of dinosaur and extinct fish bones were used by men such as Cuvier, Agassiz and Lyell to study and begin the study of paleontology that led to Darwin's Origins of the Species.

Read the whole review Remarkable Creatures (About Archaeology)

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