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

“The Fossil Hunter” is a biography of an unsung hero, Mary Anning, who discovered many of the first dinosaur skeletons and inspired the tongue-twister “She Sells Sea Shells by the Seashore.” 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. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.