Read e-book online Annie Montague Alexander: Naturalist and Fossil Hunter PDF

By Louise Chipley Slavicek

ISBN-10: 0791077101

ISBN-13: 9780791077108

ISBN-10: 1438123973

ISBN-13: 9781438123974

Girls Explorers chronicles the lives of six intrepid ladies whose starvation for experience and data forced them on paths of discovery world wide. Their discoveries not just introduced shops of data on subject matters starting from historical dinosaur fossils to lifestyles in Tibet, but additionally challenged the validated roles of girls of their fields. The daughter of a filthy rich planter, Alexander used her inheritance to fund study for her passion--the ordinary sciences. quite a few dinosaur species were named in her honor, and her legacy maintains on the collage of California at Berkeley's museum of paleontology, for which Alexander supplied money and donated specimens.

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Perhaps the study is all the more interesting because it is incomplete, there is so much yet to find out 20 Hunting for Fossils and Big Game Her parents did “not seem to quite approve my new ambition,” Annie admitted to Beckwith. 21 The following summer, Alexander financed and organized a second fossil collecting expedition under the tutelage of John Merriam. At his suggestion, she invited a University of California geologist and a Stanford University paleontologist to participate in the trip. Also included in the party was Katherine Jones, a student at Berkeley who was to serve as Annie’s requisite female companion.

He came, however, in one case, very near being killed. If it had not been for his brave gun carrier, who brained the lion when it was on top of him, he would have been killed. 29 Samuel also had no concerns regarding his daughter’s ability to withstand the arduous physical demands of hiking hundreds of miles across rugged terrain, often beneath a searing sun. A few weeks into the expedition, he assured his wife that Annie was holding up splendidly: “Annie seems to flourish in this heat. ” 31 Although people who did not know her well often assumed that Annie was delicate because of her small stature and slender build, she actually possessed great physical strength and stamina and would remain remarkably active until well into old age.

Alexander would have preferred to bring her friend Martha Beckwith, but Martha had long since returned East to pursue her teaching career. Alexander’s party arrived at the Fossil Lake site in late June. Digging the petrified remains out of the lake bed’s densely 33 34 ANNIE MONTAGUE ALEXANDER compacted soil was arduous work. Nonetheless, Annie was enraptured by every aspect of fossil collection. 18 Alexander was reluctant to see her first collecting expedition end. 19 Nonetheless, she was anxious to have Merriam evaluate the specimens that she and her party had gathered, which comprised over 100 fossils from a variety of extinct mammals, including miniature horses and camels.

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