Curiosity (Google eBook)
Award-winning novelist Joan Thomas blends fact and fiction, passion and science in this stunning novel set in 19th-century Lyme Regis, England — the seaside town that is the setting of both The French Lieutenant's Woman and Jane Austen's Persuasion.
More than 40 years before the publication of The Origin of Species, 12-year-old Mary Anning, a cabinet-maker's daughter, found the first intact skeleton of a prehistoric dolphin-like creature, and spent a year chipping it from the soft cliffs near Lyme Regis. This was only the first of many important discoveries made by this incredible woman, perhaps the most important paleontologist of her day.
Henry de la Beche was the son of a gentry family, owners of a slave-worked estate in Jamaica where he spent his childhood. As an adolescent back in England, he ran away from military college, and soon found himself living with his elegant, cynical mother in Lyme Regis, where he pursued his passion for drawing and painting the landscapes and fossils of the area. One morning on an expedition to see an extraordinary discovery — a giant fossil — he meets a young woman unlike anyone he has ever met…
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Review: CuriosityUser Review - Joyce - Goodreads
This book is based on the life of Mary Annings a British paleontologist who discovered(before Darwin) many significant fossils in Lime Regis. A child who tromped though poverty and prejudice like an ... Read full review
Review: CuriosityUser Review - Jo-Anne - Goodreads
Curiosity is about Mary Anning who, when she was 12 years old, found the first intact skeleton of an Ichthyosaur, and spent a year chipping it from the cliffs near Lyme Regis. We learn that this was ... Read full review