Episode Five: Mary Anning's Revenge

Mary Anning is a 19th century paleontologist responsible for the discovery of Dino-Age creatures such as ichthyosaurs, pleisosaurs, and pterosaurs. She hung out with and provided invaluable fossil specimens to classic White Dude Scientists like Georges Cuvier & Richard Owen, but despite her discoveries, Mary Anning didn't get sh*t. Meaghan Emery-Wetherell and Amy Atwater consider themselves her revenge - by running the super funny, super NSFW blog Mary Anning's Revenge.

Join us to learn about Mary's life, Amy's nose, Meaghan's indifference to humans, & why the ever-constant title of "woman scientist" v plain ole "scientist" can be both empowering and problematic.

Cover art by Jemima Williams

Show Notes, References, and Further Reading

Mary Anning's Revenge (Meaghan & Amy): Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Blog posts mentioned in the episode: Paleosol (old ass dirt) Muffins | Creepy Photos of White Dudes with FossilsMen in Paleontology

Mary Anning


Extract of a Letter from Miss Anning. Mary Anning. 1839. The Magazine of Natural History, 3, 605.

Obituary. 1848. The Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London, 4.

Mary Anning, The Fossil Finder. 1865. Charles Dickens. All The Year Round, 13, 60-63.

Presidential Address: Mary Anning (1799-1847) of Lyme; the greatest fossilist the world ever knew. 1995. Torrens, Hugh. The British Journal for the History of Science, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Sep., 1995), pp. 257-284. Cambridge University Press on behalf of The British Society for the History of Science


The fossil hunter : dinosaurs, evolution, and the woman whose discoveries changed the world. 2009. Shelley Emling; fiction

Remarkable Creatures. 2010. Tracy Chevalier; historical fiction


Great Minds: Mary Anning, “The Greatest Fossilist in the World.” 2014. Sci Show; video

Mary Anning, Princess of Paleontology. 2012. Stuff You Missed in History; podcast

Mary Anning, The Carpenter's Daughter. 2013. Fernanda Castano. Letters from Gondwana.

Mary Anning and the Birth of Paleontology. 2009. Shelly Emling; Scientific American.

The Scrappy Female Paleontologist Whose Life Inspired a Tongue Twister. 2015. Tao Tao Holmes; Atlas Obscura.

Mary Anning. Rejected Princesses.

Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter. Becky Chambers. 2015. Finding Ada

Mary Anning #TrowelToon. Trowelblazers.

Mary Anning: Google doodle celebrates the missing woman of geology. 2013. Suzanne Pilaar Birch; History of Science, The Gaurdian.

Mary Anning and Other Forgotten Female Fossilists. 2015. Margaret Smith; JSTOR Daily.

Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter & First Female Paleontologist. 2012. ArchyFantasies

The Science on Women in Science

Putting the Feminism in Funding. 2013. Meaghan Emery

Alumni Symposium: Women in Geology. 2017. Alycia Stigall.